Gov. Beshear reports 776 new COVID-19 cases; Fayette Co. removed from White House “red zone” list

Published: Sep. 16, 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.

Gov. Beshear reported 776 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing up the state total to 58,764 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 3.89 percent positivity rate. Of Wednesday’s new cases, 91 are in kids 18 or younger.

“We continue to see this trend, where more and more kids are testing positive. They are becoming a bigger percentage of our positivity rate for a couple of reasons,” the Governor said. “One, thankfully, kids are being tested more often, and two, they are out doing more. But remember as we are making these decisions, our belief is that kids can transmit this virus as easily as anybody else.”

There were eight reported COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday. The state death total is now 1,082.

The deaths reported Wednesday include a 49-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man from Christian County; a 66-year-old man from Fayette County; an 84-year-old woman from Greenup County; a 74-year-old man from Jackson County; two men, ages 68 and 83, from Montgomery County; and an 88-year-old man from Union County.

As of Wednesday, 565 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 125 are in the ICU and 75 are on a ventilator.

The governor says Fayette County has been removed from the White House’s list of “Red Zone” counties. This means their positivity rate is less than 10 percent.

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