Gov. Beshear reports 522 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear held a briefing Monday afternoon on COVID-19 cases in the state.
Gov. Beshear announced 522 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 27,601 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 5.58 percent positivity rate.
Among the new cases reported Monday were 21 children under the age of five. The youngest is 11 days old.
The governor also announced nine new deaths in the state, bringing the total to 709.
Those deaths include a 74-year-old woman from Bell County, a 70-year-old man from Jefferson County, a 76-year-old woman from Jefferson County, an 82-year-old man from Jefferson County, a 98-year-old man from Jefferson County, a 61-year-old man from Livingston County, a 61-year-old man from Jefferson County, an 84-year-old woman from Jefferson County and a 71-year-old man from Jefferson County.
Gov. Beshear says the trend of more people in their 60s dying is consistent with other southern states that have seen cases increase first in younger people, then pass it on to older people.
There have been at least 588,926 COVID-19 tests performed in Kentucky and at least 7,466 people have recovered from the virus. The governor says there are 609 people currently hospitalized and 131 people in the ICU.
In addition to the mask mandate and social gathering order that was put in place last week, the governor officially announced Monday the closing of bars for two weeks and a 25 percent capacity limit for restaurants. Outdoor capacity can remain the same with social distancing.
The governor also recommended that schools postpone in-person instruction until the third week in August.
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