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Governor Beshear gives COVID-19 update for Kentucky

The youngest case confirmed on Sunday was found in a one-month-old infant from Barren County.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This is a liveblog with real-time updates on COVID-19 in Kentucky. Governor Andy Beshear is expected to give updates every day at 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 13

3:45 p.m. 

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced 536 new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky, bringing the overall number of cases to 56,945.

Beshear wants to remind the public that weekend numbers are often lower due to limited reporting and to expect higher counts during the week.

Eighty-seven of the new cases were found in those 18 and younger. Twenty-four of those were found in children ages 5 and under with the youngest case being found in a one-month-old from Barren County.

Three more people have been lost to the virus. That brings the number of Kentuckians who died to 1,060.

The state’s positivity rate is 4.14%

There have been 990,957 coronavirus tests given in Kentucky and 10,905 have recovered from the virus.

Saturday, September 12

4:45 p.m.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is urging Kentuckians to protect one another as 721 cases of coronavirus was reported Saturday.

Eighty-one of the new cases were found in the 18 and under demographic with the youngest case found in a 6-month-old infant from Warren County.

Thirteen new deaths were also reported, bringing the total Kentuckians lost to the virus to 1,057. Two 81-year-old men from Jefferson County were among those lost.

The state’s positivity rare is down to 4.14% but the governor said the state needs to work on pushing that number down.

“We need you to continue to mask up, stay socially distant and do what it takes to beat COVID-19,” Gov. Beshear said. “This thing is deadly and it’s real so let’s treat it as such.”

As the cooler seasons are upon us, the Department of Public Health’s Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack asks everyone to get a flu shot.

“Protecting ourselves against the flu is more important than ever. An influenza outbreak on top of the COVID-19 pandemic could be disastrous this fall and winter. The health care systems upon which Kentuckians rely could be overwhelmed by what some say is a looming ‘twindemic.’”

If Kentuckians don’t follow guidelines, such as social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing, we could be headed into "the worst fall, from a public health perspective, that we've seen in a long time,” he said.

You can get flu shots at your primary care provider, a clinic, drug stores or other locations offering it.

So far, Kentucky reports 990,957 COVID-19 tests performed, and an estimated 10,872 individuals have recovered from the virus.

Kentucky has reported 56,415 positive cases in all since tracking began in March. 

Friday, September 11

Gov. Beshear reports 948 new cases of COVID-19 in the state; 151 of the newly reported cases were children ages 18 and younger and 24 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Jefferson County.

Kentucky had 55,704 positive cases

“This is the third-highest number of positive cases we’ve ever had in a single day,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our positivity rate is also going up.”

Sadly, Gov. Beshear reported nine new deaths raising the total to 1,044 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

Thursday, September 10

Governor Beshear's office reports 805 new cases of coronavirus, which brings the statewide total to 54,772. Beshear said 122 of the newly reported cases were children ages 18 and younger, nine of them were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 3-month-old from Fayette County.

Sadly, Beshear also reported 22 new deaths raising the total to 1,035 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

Wednesday, September 9

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 667 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the statewide total to 53,977, 16 more deaths bringing the total of Kentuckians lost to the virus to 1,004. 

Beshear is ordering flags to be lowered to half staff to remember the more than 1,000 lost to the coronavirus. Flags at state office buildings should be lowered to half-staff beginning at sunrise on Thursday, Sept. 10, and remain so until sunset on Wednesday, Sept.16. Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Kentucky to join in this tribute.

Thursday, Beshear is planning to address the state at 5:30 instead of his usual 4pm news conference.

Tuesday, September 8

4:20 p.m. 

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced 273 new positive cases of coronavirus in Kentucky. He said Tuesday’s data was based on 1,393 tests – a small sample. He said he expects those stats to change as the week goes on because of the Labor Day holiday.

Fifty of those cases were confirmed in the Louisville-Jefferson County area.

One death was reported due to limited data.

Gov. Beshear mentioned state Senator Gerald Neal and Representative Attica Scott’s being positive for the virus. Both made separate announcements during the holiday weekend.

He says Senator Gerald Neal has been hospitalized but is in good spirits while Rep. Scott is taking steps to be Healthy at Home.

To date, Kentucky reported 53,319 total cases and has tested 919,212 Kentuckians.

1:30 p.m.

The Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission (KBWC) approved reopening of professional boxing, professional wrestling and amateur and professional mixed martial arts events for participants over the age of 18. Though the events are discouraged due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are not prohibited.

KBWC said event sponsors should follow guidelines from the CDC and state health officials.

  • Events are permitted to resume, but are not recommended because of the potential risk of spread of COVID-19.
  • All spectators, officials, and employees and volunteers associated with any venue, promotion or event, are subject to the Venues and Event spaces guidelines.
  • Participants should wear masks and engage in social distance measures when not in competition.
  • Any person attending or participating in KBWC-sanctioned events does so at his or her own risk and the KBWC shall not be held responsible for any liability whatsoever.

Monday, September 7

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced 291 new cases of COVID-19, bring the statewide total to 53,064 cases.

Even though the numbers are low due to the Labor Day holiday, much of the information will not be available until Tuesday.

Fifty-two of the newly reported cases were found in those 18 and younger with the youngest case reported in a one-month-old baby.

No deaths were reported, also due to less reporting.

“We’ve lost nearly 1,000 of our fellow Kentuckians to this deadly virus. When we see rising cases like the last couple weeks, we know more deaths follow cases by a couple weeks. Let’s recommit to seeing fewer cases and deaths here,” he said.

Currently, 927,819 tests have been given.

The positivity rate is 4.34% while 10,648 have recovered from the virus.


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