Gov. Beshear reports 272 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths Monday

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 3:29 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear held a news conference to provide updates on COVID-19 in Kentucky.

Beshear announced 272 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky on Monday.

That number is lower today because of weekend reporting lag, Gov. Beshear said. He expects more cases tomorrow.

The state total now stands at 19,653 cases. Gov. Beshear says the state is seeing a 4.35 percent positivity rate on seven-day rolling average.

“So, what do we have to do? What are the actions that we have to take to protect our economy, to make sure that we protect $10 billion of our economy? It’s pretty simple. Wear a facial covering,” said Gov. Beshear. “Facial coverings help us achieve our three goals. No. 1 goal is to protect the lives and the health of Kentuckians. It is now a scientific fact: Wearing a mask protects both you and other people.”

The governor also reported four new deaths in the state, bringing the total to 629.

Monday’s announced deaths include three people from Fayette County: a 79-year-old man, a 90-year-old woman, a 60-year-old man and a 77-year-old man from Warren County.

As of Monday, there have been at least 480,372 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 5,344 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

The Governor said Bell, Carroll, Graves and Shelby counties all posted major growths in cases in the past week, with Carroll County leading with a 47% growth in cases from July 3 to July 11.

The governor says 11 children under the age of five are a part of today’s positive test results. Most of these are from Lexington. The youngest is a four-month-old child, Beshear says.

The governor says Kroger testing sites this week are open in Independence, Louisville and Lexington.

“We wear seatbelts don’t we? And I hope none of us would argue right now that a seatbelt is an infringement on our personal liberty,” said Gov. Beshear. “I don’t know if you remember, the history of seatbelts had the same kind of arguments we’re seeing against masks right now. But seatbelts aren’t even the same as wearing face coverings because your decision not to wear a seatbelt might result in you dying, but your decision not to wear a mask could result in you and other people dying. I consider the mask requirement more like a DUI law. You can’t do something where you could potentially harm somebody else. It’s not forever, it’s just until enough people can get this vaccine and we know our people are safe.”

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