Gov. Beshear reports 342 new COVID-19 cases; over one million tests performed in the state

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 3:43 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear reported 342 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing up the state total to 57,282 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 4.17 percent positivity rate. Of Monday’s new cases, 54 are in kids 18 or younger.

As of Monday, there have been 1,020,070 COVID-19 tests performed in the state of Kentucky.

There were five reported COVID-19 deaths on Monday. The state death total is now 1,065.

The deaths reported Monday include a 71-year-old woman from Christian County; two men, ages 77 and 80, from Fayette County; an 82-year-old woman from Pulaski County; and a 49-year-old man from Shelby County.

The governor says those numbers are low, like most Mondays, because of labs not working on Sunday.

Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack says parents and guardians will be required to alert a school within 24 hours if their student tests positive for COVID-19.

The governor says he will not issue another recommendation after Sept. 28 for no in-person class. The state’s goal now is to give counties the resources and let them decide.

“Let me be clear, that there is not going to be an overall recommendation coming from me, or my office, post Sept. 28,” Gov. Beshear said. “What’s gonna be provided is the information to make a week-by-week decision in our various school districts and counties based on prevalence in what public health and experts believe is the right course based on that prevalence. This was information that was requested. It’s the type of information we were told is needed. It’s taken us time to put it together.”

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