Troubling trend: 1,319 positive cases, 4 deaths reported

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky once again saw over 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus with 1,319 reported to state public health officials Friday.


There were 1,260 new cases reported on Thursday and 1,346 on Wednesday, making it the third day in a row of over 1,000 positive test results.


Of Friday’s newly reported cases, 189 were from children up through age 18, of which 36 were youngsters five and under.  The youngest was only 7 days old.


“Our COVID report today adds to a tough week,” said Gov. Andy Beshear.  “We need to buckle down; we need to wear masks; we need to follow that rule of no gatherings above 10 people at our homes.  We need to social distance and we shouldn’t play politics with this virus.  It is real. It doesn’t matter if there’s an election a couple of weeks away.”


He also shared that he, the first lady and their children, Will and Lila, are all still feeling great.  They continue to test negative for COVID-19 and have been keeping a positive attitude about their quarantine at the Governor’s Mansion, enjoying the extra time with each other and their dog, Winnie.


“We are going to continue quarantining, as asked by the Department for Public Health, because that’s what everybody else is asked to do,” Beshear said.  “We want to set a good example.”


The member of the governor’s security detail who tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the Beshears going into quarantine, is still experiencing mild symptoms but doing well.


The governor also announced the coronavirus was affecting a state prison.


“We have a COVID-19 outbreak at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex,” he said.  “We’ve had 17 inmates and two staff test positive.  We will be testing the entire facility, and we will be using the protocols that we first used at Green River to successfully stop an outbreak that had occurred there.”


There were also four new COVID-19-related deaths reported on Friday, raising the total to 1,300 Kentuckians lost to the virus.  The deaths reported Friday include a 77-year-old woman from Adair County; a 51-year-old man from Bullitt County; and two women, ages 86 and 94, from Madison County.


“My faith tells me I have to treat my neighbor as myself, and that means I have to protect my neighbor, whether I know them or not,” the governor said.  “My rights stop where they could be harmed.  Let’s do the right thing and let’s follow our values.”


As of Friday, there have been more than 1,773,000 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was 4.70%, down from Thursday’s 4.94%; and at least 17,018 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.  667 are hospitalized, with 187 in the ICU.


Globally, there have now been 39,131,360 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 1,101,083 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.  In the U. S., the Friday count of confirmed cases was 8,030,623 with 218,330 deaths.


The governor will not hold another press briefing until Monday.  However, his office will release COVID-19 updates daily, through the weekend. 

For more information on the Beshear Administration response to COVID-19, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.

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