Gov. Beshear reports 647 new COVID-19 cases; most ever reported on a Monday

Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 3:40 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 647 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 88,247 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 4.97 percent positivity rate. Of Monday’s new cases, 81 are in kids 18 or younger.

“We’re going to get through this together, what appears to be our third escalation,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve got to come together to do what it takes to defeat this virus. As for me and my family, we are over a week into quarantine, trying to answer the call and set an example. That’s our duty as Kentuckians and as Americans.”

Today’s 647 new COVID-19 cases are the highest ever reported on a Monday.

There were nine reported COVID-19 related deaths on Monday. The state death total is now 1,326.

The deaths reported Monday include an 82-year-old man from Franklin County; a 73-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 58-year-old man from Lincoln County; a 73-year-old man from Marshall County; an 83-year-old woman from Mercer County; an 85-year-old man from Owen County; a 70-year-old woman and a 93-year-old man from Todd County; and a 72-year-old man from Wayne County.

“We do more work to confirm that COVID-19 was a contributing factor to these deaths than just about any other state. This disease is devastating to each and every one of these families,” said Gov. Beshear. “This virus is real and it is cruel.”

As of Monday, 764 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 190 are in the ICU, and 89 are on ventilators. At least 17,229 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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