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Beshear reports 700 new COVID cases, 7 deaths; ‘Coverings for Kids’; Lex mayor cites testing places

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 700 new COVID cases and seven deaths as of Tuesday afternoon, bringing the state’s totals to 32,197 cases and 751 deaths.

Eighteen of the newly reported cases were from children 5 and younger, including a 2-month-old and a 6-month-old in Jefferson and a 1-year-old in Metcalfe County who was exposed at church and recently traveled to Tennessee.

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“This is a devastating virus, and it’s one that we have got to battle against, but we know how,” the Governor said. “We hope to see the trend we think we had over the past couple weeks continue, which is a slow of the growth. While today we have a higher number than we did at this time last week, we believe there is a general leveling off though today there are more cases than last week.”

The deaths reported Monday include a 53-year-old man from Calloway County; a 70-year-old man from Daviess County; two women, ages 45 and 69, and an 81-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 50-year-old man from Kenton County; and a 95-year-old woman from Ohio County.

“That is seven more than we ever want to lose,” Gov. Beshear said. “Let me warn you that this is probably going to be a really tough month as far as our losses in Kentucky.”

As of Tuesday, there have been at least 650,093 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.24%. At least 8,406 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

First Lady Launches Coverings for Kids Program

First Lady Britainy Beshear launched a new program, Coverings for Kids, that will help Kentuckians to donate facial coverings directly to school districts.

“As a mom, nothing is more important to me than protecting each one of Kentucky’s children, as well as the teachers and staff who work hard every day to help them learn and grow,” said First Lady Beshear. “Kentuckians’ generosity is unmatched, and during this pandemic, this program will help ensure each school has enough masks to protect their students and staff.”

Starting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, people can drop off purchased or homemade facial coverings at district-level donation centers. The individual school districts will designate drop-off locations, which will be announced soon.

The Office of the First Lady and Office of the Lieutenant Governor, through the Kentucky Department of Education, will provide each district with the donated facial coverings along with information to promote their use.

“I’m an educator who trusts educators,” said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. “We want to provide each district with resources and guidance while still giving them the flexibility to make sure these coverings are going where they’re most needed at any given time.”

More information, including links to tutorials and patterns to make both child- and adult-size facial coverings, can be found on the Coverings for Kids web page.

Expanded COVID-19 Testing

Beshear continues to encourage all Kentuckians to take advantage of coronavirus testing being offered at more than 200 locations across the Commonwealth.

“With us being in a time where we have had more cases than really ever before, though we certainly hope they are leveling out, we want to make sure that everyone out there can get a test,” the Governor said.

Lexington expands COVID-19 testing
Lexington is continuing its work to expand public COVID-19 testing opportunities, Mayor Linda Gorton said. Lexington will soon have four free public testing sites: Southland Christian Church, 2349 Richmond Road; Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road; Walgreen’s testing location at 2296 Executive Drive; and the City’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing program.

“The number of tests administered in Lexington is increasing,” Gorton said. “Our goal is to provide as much free, public access to testing as possible. Many thanks to the community partners that have supported and hosted this effort.”

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COVID-19 testing will now be offered four days a week, long-term, at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. This week, testing at Consolidated will be available 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, August 5; 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, August 6; 12-8 p.m., Friday, August 7; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, August 8. In future weeks, testing will be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday at Consolidated. No appointment is necessary.

Drive-up and walk-up testing are available.

The City’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program, which has been in Cardinal Valley, in the east end of downtown, and north Lexington, will continue at another location, to be announced soon. Locations are chosen based on areas where there has been a disproportionate increase in cases. No appointment is necessary. Drive-up and walk-up testing are available.

Drive-thru testing is available at the Southland Christian Church Richmond Road campus. Tests are conducted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.

Drive-thru testing is available seven days a week at the Walgreen’s testing location, 2296 Executive Drive (the corner of Winchester Road and Executive Drive). Tests will continue until they run out of test kits. Online registration is required at walgreens.com/coronavirus.

Other than the Walgreen’s site, Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory offers the tests at no cost to the patient. Health insurance information may be requested, but is not required to receive testing. Tests are available to anyone. Bluewater can process up to 1,000 tests a day.

Most health care providers, including urgent care centers, are also offering testing options for their patients.

For information on more testing sites go to: kycovid19.ky.gov.

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