Gov. Beshear reports 884 new COVID-19 cases; 11 deaths

Gov. Beshear reports 884 new COVID-19 cases; 11 deaths
Published: Oct. 8, 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 884 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 77,455 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 4.1 percent positivity rate.

“This is about 20 cases less than we had this day last week. It’s about 200 more than we had in the two preceding weeks before that,” said Gov. Beshear. “It gives you an idea again that even excluding some of the backlog cases that came in yesterday we are unfortunately on track to have the single largest week thus far in this epidemic.”

There were 11 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday. The state death total is now 1,234.

The deaths reported Thursday include a 62-year-old woman from Bell County; a 95-year-old woman from Boyd County; a 60-year-old woman from Bullitt County; an 80-year-old woman from Fayette County; two women, ages 63 and 85, and a 58-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 65-year-old man from Lincoln County; an 86-year-old woman and an 83-year-old man from Scott County; and a 31-year-old man from Warren County.

“That’s 11 Kentucky families, so please be there for them, show your empathy, be the great Kentuckians that we are. Light your homes up green because you never know who’s driving by at that part of the night or that part of the morning,” said Gov. Beshear. “That may just help them know that you’re out there and supporting them. And let’s make sure we continue to ring those bells at 10 a.m. every morning. And if you know these families, please reach out. Tell them you care about them. Tell them they’re not alone.”

As of Thursday, 701 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons and 174 are in the ICU. At least 13,113 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Secretary of State Michael Adams joined the news conference with an update to our elections. He says 5/6 voters who are using the absentee system have received their ballot and nearly 18% of voters have requested an absentee ballot in the state. He reminds Kentuckians the Friday, Oct. 9 is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

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