COVID-19 cases drop Sunday as Kentucky adds three new deaths

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- The number of new cases of the coronavirus reported to state officials dropped on Sunday, which is normally the case, but there were also three more deaths.

There were 536 new cases, 87 of which were children 18 and younger, 24 being age five and under, and the youngest being a one month old from Barren County. That brings the pandemic total to at least 56,945 since the first case was reported on March 6.

“Our case numbers often dip during the weekend as not all labs are reporting,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We can expect higher counts during the week, but the real work we have is to get these numbers to begin really going down.”

The three new deaths Sunday raise the total to 1,060 Kentuckians lost to COVID-19. They include a 96-year-old man from Fayette County, a 76-year-old woman from Taylor County, and a 58-year-old man from Warren County.

“These are three of our fellow Kentuckians we’ve lost, and it hurts just as much for their friends, their families, and their communities as any that have come before or will be announced in the future,” the Governor said. “Light up your homes and businesses green tonight to let them know they are not alone in their grief.”

As of Sunday, there have been at least 990,957 coronavirus tests performed in the state, and at least 10,905 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Due to the limited lab reporting on Sundays, some information will be delayed until Monday. That includes the state’s positivity rate, which was 4.13 percent on Saturday. The number of Kentuckians hospitalized was 587, with 148 in ICU, as of Saturday.

In addition to an expected press briefing Monday afternoon at 4:00, Eastern Time, Gov. Beshear and other state officials will be receiving a donation of 2,000,000 masks for the state’s stock of personal protective equipment, or PPE, from Ford Motor Company on Monday. That will be stored at the Department for Public Health’s warehouse in Frankfort, until needed.

Other key updates, actions and information from the Beshear Administration on the response to the coronavirus, can be seen at kycovid19.ky.gov.

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