Gov. Beshear reports 910 COVID-19 cases; Halloween guidelines released
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.
The governor began his news conference announcing a $1 million grant awarded to the state for research and combating child trafficking. The grant will last for three years.
The governor also says three weeks since the program opened, the state’s rent assistance program has dished out $8 million to late rent and future rent for landlords and tenants.
Gov. Beshear reported 910 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 69,728 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 4.11 positivity rate. Of Thursday’s new cases, 146 are in kids 18 or younger.
There were 17 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, which includes a 29-year-old woman from Clark County. It’s the first Kentucky death in the 20s.
The state death total is now 1,191.
The deaths reported Thursday include a 63-year-old woman from Boyd County; a 72-year-old woman from Calloway County; two women, ages 29 and 67, from Clark County; an 84-year-old woman and two men, ages 71 and 76, from Jefferson County; a 92-year-old woman from Lewis County; a 94-year-old woman and a 88-year-old man from Mercer County; three women, ages 82, 93 and 95 from Scott County; and two women, ages 84 and 90, and two men, ages 76 and 85, from Warren County.
“Nine hundred and ten cases is hard, but today we’re reporting 17 deaths. That’s pretty sad when 17 is just the fifth highest day,” said Gov. Beshear. “By the end of the week we will probably hit 1,200. When we have a lot of cases, sadly a lot of death follows. There are 17 families who have been struggling before today, but today, let’s light our homes up green for them.”
As of Thursday, 524 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons and 129 are in the ICU. At least 11,970 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
The state has also released full guidelines for Halloween this year. There are some key things: wearing masks at all times, sanitizing often, and maintaining social distancing. The state suggests folks place individually wrapped candy outside on the porch, driveway or table and cleaning your hands before and after touching wrapped candy.
“Let’s keep Halloween for the kids. Let’s all come together and make sure the kids can have a good, safe experience and have fun. This is not the year to have all the adult Halloween parties. Adult Halloween gatherings are not the same things as the kids',” said Dr. Stack.
State officials suggest avoiding the following activities: trunk or treats, haunted houses, hayrides, traveling to fall festivals in neighboring towns, and events with large crowds.
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