Gov. Beshear reports 1,260 new COVID-19 cases; 20 deaths

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 3:41 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided a virtual update on COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear reported 1,260 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, which is the third-highest single-day total, bringing the state total to 84,195 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 4.94 percent positivity rate, which he says is the highest it’s been in about four weeks.

“This is our third escalation, it is our most serious one yet. It will result in the most deaths that we have seen. And by now, if you don’t know someone that’s lost someone, then you’re not asking. It’s this serious. Let’s mask up. Let’s engage in social distancing, let’s quarantine when you are called, and asked. Let’s do what it takes to stop this increase here in Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said.

There were 20 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday. The state death total is now 1,296.

The deaths reported Thursday include an 86-year-old man from Bracken County; a 71-year-old woman from Christian County; four women, ages 82, 88, 92 and 100, from Daviess County; two women, ages 74 and 96, from Greenup County; two women, ages 92 and 97, and a 74-year-old man from Henderson County; two women, ages 49 and 84, and a 64-year-old man from Jefferson County; an 88-year-old woman from Knott County; an 80-year-old man from Pulaski County; a 72-year-old woman from Scott County; an 81-year-old man from Webster County; and an 85-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man from Whitley County.

“We just can’t ignore it. We can’t pretend like it’s not here,” said Gov. Beshear. “We can’t allow the fact that we are inconvenienced make us pretend that the virus isn’t with us and isn’t deadly.”

As of Thursday, 738 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons and 192 are in the ICU. At least 16,928 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

“Today’s COVID report is not good news,” said Gov. Beshear. “We keep reiterating that we have to do better and we have to wear masks and we keep seeing high numbers that highlight how important that is.”

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