LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Governor Andy Beshear announced 721 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Saturday. The state total now stands at 56,415 cases. The positivity rate is 4.14%.
“Our positivity rate has dropped from yesterday, but we need to keep pushing that number down,” Governor Beshear said.
Of the new cases reported, 81 were from children aged 18 and younger, 15 of these cases were children aged five years or younger. The youngest is a 6-month-old baby from Warren County.
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“We need you to continue to disguise yourself, stay socially distant, and do what it takes to beat COVID-19,” Governor Beshear said. “This thing is deadly and it’s real, so let’s treat it as such.”
The deaths reported Saturday include an 89-year-old man from Barren County; an 83-year-old woman from Bell County; two women, aged 80 and 83, and two men, both 81, from Jefferson County; a 78-year-old woman from Logan County; a 59-year-old woman from Muhlenberg County; a 76-year-old woman from Simpson County; and three women, aged 62, 81, and 93, and a 72-year-old man from Warren County.
As of Saturday, at least 990,957 tests had been administered. The number of Kentuckians who have recovered is at least 10,872.
After a recent spike in new daily cases and a daily record of deaths reported Thursday, Department of Public Health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack noted news related to the wait for a COVID-19 vaccine.
“While we wait for a vaccine, there is one thing we can do. We can get an immunization that already exists: the flu shot. Protecting yourself from the flu is more important than ever. An influenza epidemic in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic it could be disastrous this fall and winter.The health systems that Kentuckians rely on may be overwhelmed by what some say is a looming “twindemic”.
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