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COVID-19 cases in Kentucky passes 20K, six new deaths reported Tuesday

Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 3:16 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2020 at 3:39 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear held a 4 p.m. news conference to provide updates on COVID-19 in Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear announced 576 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky on Tuesday, which is the second-highest number of cases so far. The state total now stands at 20,223 cases.

The state is seeing a 3.95 percent positivity rate, Beshear says.

The governor announced six new deaths in the state, bringing the total to 635. As of Tuesday, there have been at least 494,343 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky.

“Today’s report shows we are certainly in a time of escalating cases. And our actions over these next 10 days to 14 days – really through the next 30 days that we have put this face covering requirement out – are going to determine if we continue to be a leader, if we continue to be one of the best states in the country, or if we go the route of Arizona, which is now requesting giant freezer trucks because their morgues are being overrun,” the Governor said. “It depends on our willingness to come together and do the right thing, and today should be just one more wake-up call that we’ve got to do it now.”

Tuesday’s announced deaths include a 72-year-old woman from Shelby County, a 77-year-old man from Floyd County, an 89-year-old woman from Casey County, a 44-year-old woman from Carter County, an 82-year-old man from Ohio County, and a 65-year-old man from Fayette County.

The governor says there are nine new positive cases in children under the age of five years old.

Gov. Beshear says Tuesday’s report shows that we are in an escalation of cases, and the next couple of weeks are again critical.

The governor also announced more than $16.5 million in CARES Act reimbursements for 18 central Kentucky local governments (including LFUCG) to cover things like payroll expenses, PPE, sanitizing and telecommuting supplies.

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