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Gov. Beshear reports 726 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 3:44 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided a Thursday update on COVID-19 in the state.

Gov. Beshear reported 726 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing up the state total to 41,626 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 5.18 percent positivity rate. Thursday marks the eighth highest single day total of new cases.

“Let’s make sure we make the right decisions to keep our cases low. Let’s make sure we wear our masks and stay six feet apart,” said Gov. Beshear.

Six of the 10 highest single-day totals have been in August, and all have been in the last 30 days.

There were 14 reported COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, bringing the state total up to 856. That’s 38 deaths in just the last three days. One death includes a healthcare worker in a long term residence center, and another healthcare death was reported in Pulaski County.

The deaths reported Thursday include a 66-year-old man from Barren County; a 95-year-old woman from Clay County; two men, ages 81 and 88, from Fayette County; an 88-year-old woman from Gallatin County; a 55-year-old man from Graves County; an 84-year-old woman from Harlan County; a 77-year-old woman from Hopkins County; an 89-year-old man from Jackson County; a 57-year-old man from Marion County; a 96-year-old woman from Oldham County; a 65-year-old woman from Pulaski County; and a 76-year-old man from Warren County. One family asked for their loved one’s demographics not to be shared.

As of Thursday, 638 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 155 are in the ICU and 108 are on a ventilator. At least 9,388 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

The governor also discussed Thursday being the first day of the Kentucky State Fair.

“Although this year’s fair looks different, it continues to highlight Kentucky’s premiere agriculture and equestrian industries,” said Gov. Beshear. “With nearly 76,000 farms and over 240,000 horses in the commonwealth, the state fair has a long history of celebrating the best Kentucky has to offer.”

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