Gov. Beshear reports second-highest single-day total of COVID-19 cases

Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 3:40 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 1,018 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state total to 67,856 cases. That makes Tuesday the second-highest single-day total of cases thus far.

“Today we are reporting our second-highest total of new COVID-19 cases that we have had since March 6,” the Governor said. “We need you to wear a facial covering. This ought to be a wake-up call. We can’t let this thing get out of control again because we’re tired. We know the steps that it takes.”

The governor says the state is seeing a 4.24 positivity rate. Of Tuesday’s new cases, 157 are in kids 18 or younger.

There were eight reported COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday. The state death total is now 1,170.

The deaths reported Tuesday include a 93-year-old woman from Bell County; an 86-year-old man from Bullitt County; a 77-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman from Floyd County; a 71-year-old woman from Henderson County; a 68-year-old man from Hickman County; and two women, ages 86 and 87, from Kenton County.

As of Tuesday, 589 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 129 are in the ICU and 81 are on ventilators. At least 11,792 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus and there have been at least 1,446,385 COVID-19 cases administered in the state.

“I said yesterday I believe we’re at the start of a new escalation. We’re certainly seeing that in today’s numbers. That means we’ve got to work harder. This is a war and we’ve won many battles, but we can’t walk away from the battlefield,” the Governor said.

“I really need your help. Right now, moving into the fall, has the potential to be the most dangerous time we have seen in Kentucky. But it doesn’t have to be, because we know there is a vaccine in our future, we just have to get to the point where we can prove that it’s effective and deploy it to enough people. Are we willing to do what it takes to protect one another until that point in time? I think the answer is yes, but we’ve got to prove it.”

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