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Gov. Beshear reports third-highest daily total of cases; lists red zone counties

Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 3:41 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 1,821 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 103,305 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 6.04 percent positivity rate. Of Thursday’s new cases, 227 are in kids 18 or younger.

“This is a type of outbreak where we can’t deny our way out of it, we can’t rationalize our way out of it, we can’t try to find excuses for not following the guidance,” said Gov. Beshear.

The governor says Thursday’s cases makes for the third-highest case total in a single day.

There were 19 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday. The state death total is now 1,461.

As of Thursday, 969 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 234 are in the ICU, and 120 are on ventilators.

The governor says there are 68 counties in the red zone on Thursday: Adair, Allen, Barren, Bath, Bell, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Campbell, Carter, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Hopkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Laurel, Lee, Lewis, Logan, McCracken, McLean, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nelson, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Robertson, Rockcastle, Russell, Scott, Shelby, Taylor, Todd, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, and Whitley.

The deaths reported Thursday include a 68-year-old man from Adair County; a 75-year-old man from Calloway County; a 93-year-old man from Casey County; an 81-year-old man from Daviess County; a 65-year-old man from Fayette County; two women, ages 83 and 88, and two men, ages 88 and 90, from Jefferson County; a 73-year-old man from Jessamine County; a 72-year-old man from Lee County; a 61-year-old woman from McLean County; an 80-year-old woman from Meade County; a 71-year-old man from Muhlenberg County; a 68-year-old woman from Rowan County; a 58-year-old man from Russell County; a 68-year-old woman from Shelby County; an 87-year-old woman from Warren County; and an 89-year-old woman from Whitley County.

Those counties are encouraged to follow the state’s new red zone recommendations.

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