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State COVID-19 related death total passes 1K; Gov. Beshear reports 667 new cases

Gov. Andy Beshear gives update on COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear gives update on COVID-19.(WKYT)
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 3:42 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.

The governor began his news conference Wednesday by announcing the state death total has passed 1,000. There 16 reported COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the state death total to 1,013.

“To honor these individuals and their grieving families, we’re going to have another wreath-laying ceremony tomorrow," the governor said. "It will be an opportunity for those families and all Kentuckians to express the pain and the grief that we feel and to honor the people we’ve lost.”

The deaths reported Wednesday include a 62-year-old man from Bell County; two men, ages 61 and 77, from Bullitt County; a 92-year-old woman from Calloway County; a 94-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 76-year-old man from Garrard County; four men, ages 50, 66, 79 and 86, and a 70-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 71-year-old man from Lincoln County; a 90-year-old man from Owen County; an 84-year-old woman from Rowan County; and two men, ages 81 and 87, from Scott County.

Gov. Beshear reported 667 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing up the state total to 53,977 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 3.84 percent positivity rate. Numbers could change a bit over the next few days as labs continue to play catch up from the long weekend.

As of Wednesday, 558 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 153 are in the ICU and 76 are on a ventilator.

“Sixteen new deaths put us over the 1,000 lost number,” the Governor said. “It feels pretty devastating. It doesn’t mean that, given the opponent we are facing, we haven’t done a good job. It just means that we have to recognize how much this hurts those around us.”

The governor says the White House is still calling for a mask requirement across the country. Gov. Beshear says there should be no reason to challenge him and his mask mandate when the Trump administration is saying the same thing.

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