Gov. Beshear gives special address to the commonwealth as Ky. hits highest single-day death total

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 4:11 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear took the podium today with a different tone from his normal daily updated news conferences. He addressed the commonwealth on where he believes the state is now and where it is headed.

Gov. Beshear reported 805 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing up the state total to 54,772 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 4.14 percent positivity rate. Of Thursday’s new cases, 122 are in kids 18 or younger. The youngest was a 3-month-old from Fayette County.

“Everything over the coming months, our lives, our economy, and our children’s education, depends on how we address this virus. And we must be extra careful. Because we’re now fighting COVID-19 along with other viruses and diseases that often spike as we approach the fall or the winter, like the flu,” the governor said. "In the weeks ahead, we will continue to provide as much information as possible, including new information to help communities, and families and children and educators return to the classroom. "

There 22 reported COVID-19 deaths on Thursday. The governor says that makes Thursday the deadliest day of the pandemic so far.

The state death total is now 1,035.

This was the governor’s fourth address to the commonwealth. Reading a crafted speech, he says times have been hard-- this week especially as Kentucky crosses the 1,000 COVID death threshold.

“Shame on anybody, including many of our legislators and those that sit online all day and claim those deaths are not real," Gov. Beshear said. "There are 1,000 families that will tell you those deaths are real and very painful. Let’s be better than that.”

The deaths reported Thursday include an 84-year-old man from Barren County; an 86-year-old man from Bullitt County; an 81-year-old man from Campbell County; a 76-year-old woman from Daviess County; a 53-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 78-year-old woman from Grayson County; a 101-year-old woman from Green County; a 55-year-old man from Harlan County; five women, ages 70, 73, 82, 86 and 102, and an 80-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 100-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man from Marion County; a 60-year-old man from Monroe County; a 77-year-old man from Nelson County; and two women, ages 83 and 90, and two men, ages 82 and 84, from Warren County.

There have been at least 943,460 COVID-19 tests performed in the state, and at least 10,791 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. As of Thursday, there are 565 Kentuckians hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons and 133 in the ICU.

Beshear also mentioned moving forward, the goals for the state are still in place, even if 2020 is the year that will be defined by COVID-19.

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