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‘We are at war’ with COVID as Beshear reports 2,135 cases, 5 deaths; wear masks to stop the spread

Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians to adhere to new restrictions and guidance that will help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. He reported 2,135 new cases and 5 deaths Monday. Fayette County reported 260 cases. The number of Kentuckians diagnosed with COVID-19, hospitalized with the disease, admitted to the ICU and put on a ventilator because of complications from the virus...

Beshear announces 2,194 cases, 4 deaths; warns on Thanksgiving travel, putting pressure on hospitals

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,194 new cases and said the COVID-19 case report is the highest ever for a Sunday. The second-highest Sunday was Oct. 25, when the Governor reported 1,462 new cases, 732 fewer than yesterday’s. In addition, this was Kentucky’s highest week ever for new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous record week by 3,766 cases. Fayette County reported 301 cases. “This...

Exponential growth of COVID cases is dangerous territory; Beshear reports 3,711 cases, 21 deatths

Gov. Andy Beshear said the state reported its second-highest number of coronavirus cases Saturday and urged Kentuckians to adhere to the latest round of restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He reported 3,711 cases and 21 deaths. Fayette reported 268 cases. “Today is our second highest day, just behind yesterday, with 3,711 new cases,” said Gov. Beshear. “We continue to be in exponential...

Gov. reports another record day with 3,825 new virus cases as restrictions on restaurants, bars take effect

Gov. Andy Beshear once again reported the state’s highest ever number of new daily virus cases on Friday. He reported 3,825 new cases and 20 deaths. Fayette County had 297 cases. “This is exponential growth. It is shattering records over and over until we stop it. That’s why we are taking action – we have to,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve got more than 10,000 students quarantined right now...

Beshear reports new single-day records — 3,469 cases and 30 deaths; 112 counties now in red zone

Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky set a new single-day record Thursday with 3,649 COVID-19 cases. Fayette County reported 178 cases on Thursday. Beshear also reported 112 red zone counties, the state’s highest positivity rate since May and 30 new deaths as he emphasized the need for new restrictions. Kentucky has experienced a 400% increase in positive cases over the past nine weeks. “As our needs...

Beshear issues restrictions for restaurants, others; all schools to go virtual; 2,753 cases, 15 deaths

Following a record 33 deaths Tuesday and another 15 Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear is issuing new restrictions that will help stop the rampant spread of COVID-19 and save Kentuckians’ lives while keeping the economy open. He also reported 2,753 new cases on Wednesday. With more than 250,000 American lives, including those of more than 1,700 Kentuckians, lost to the virus, Gov. Beshear is joining state...

Beshear says new COVID actions coming after 2,931 cases, 33 deaths; ‘must lower community spread’

Gov. Andy Beshear again warned Kentuckians that they must take action to stop COVID-19, as cases are increasing rapidly in the Commonwealth. Families, schools, businesses and community leaders should all come together and do their part. He reported 2,931 cases and 33 deaths. “When we talk about our health care workers, we call them our front line of defense,” said Gov. Beshear. “But really, they’re...

Beshear reports 1,514 cases, 3 deaths, says vaccine is coming but new targeted steps may be needed

Gov. Andy Beshear warned Kentuckians that COVID-19 continues to spread at a frightening pace within the Commonwealth and across the United States. Two companies, Moderna and Pfizer, have announced their vaccines appear to be more than 90% effective as clinical trials continue. The Governor said he hopes this great news will inspire all Kentuckians to keep fighting the virus in the months before those...

It’s not a drill: Beshear reports cases (1,449, 3 deaths) with limited reporting, urges ‘uniting’ against COVID

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday asked all Kentuckians to recommit to following safety guidelines as Kentucky again set a record for cases reported in one week. The current report also represented the highest number of new cases ever reported on a Sunday. “Coronavirus is present in every corner of the Commonwealth and it’s spreading at a truly alarming rate,” the Governor said. “This is not a drill;...

Beshear urges Kentuckians to ‘civic duty’ after state-record 3,303 new virus cases, 11 deaths Saturday

Gov. Andy Beshear reported the state’s highest number of COVID-19 cases yet again with the test positivity rate reaching almost 9% as the Commonwealth’s alarming spread of the coronavirus continues with more than 11,500 cases and 68 deaths in the last four days alone. “If we don’t grab ahold of those red zone county reduction recommendations, if we don’t see those steps being done and ultimately...

Beshear reports 3,173 cases, 25 deaths, highest ever, as pandemic worsens across U.S.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s highest-ever number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths on Friday, as the pandemic significantly worsens across the Commonwealth and the United States. “Like almost every state in America, we are seeing a surge here in Kentucky that is concerning and deadly,” said Beshear. “But like every state in America, the power to stop it is in our hands. This...

UK women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell announces retirement; Kyra Elzy named interim

Matthew Mitchell, the winningest head coach in University of Kentucky women’s basketball history with more than 300 victories, announced Thursday night that he has retired from coaching, thus resigning as head coach of the Wildcats. UK director of athletics Mitch Barnhart has named associate head coach Kyra Elzy as interim head coach, effective immediately. UK’s Matthew Mitchell announced...

State inspectors start work on Brent Spence Bridge; Beshear, Gray make closed bridge a priority

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray spent Thursday at the Brent Spence Bridge, signaling the importance of reopening the bridge when it is “fully safe to do so.” He also spent time with community leaders to explain the plans and the process. The bridge is a main interstate — north and south for all kinds of traffic — and an important artery for local traffic from...

State’s highest-ever daily cases total — 2,700 — and 14 deaths lead Beshear to warn ‘state is in danger’

Gov. Andy Beshear warned every Kentuckian that they must take the pandemic more seriously in order to protect themselves, their families and their community. Kentuckians are in significantly greater danger of contracting COVID-19 now than they were in March or April; on Wednesday, the Governor reported 2,700 new cases, the state’s highest-ever daily total. In addition, the positivity rate has increased...

Brent Spence Bridge vehicle crash and fire result in closure of I-75 northbound and southbound lanes

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray updated Kentuckians on the early morning vehicle crash and fire on the I-75 Brent Spence Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati. Fortunately, there are no known serious injuries or deaths resulting from the crash or fire, according to reports from the scene. “This is a very important bridge, not just for the region...

Beshear reports ‘dangerous time’ with 2,120 cases, 14 deaths; offers Thanksgiving guidance

Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentucky families to be safe this Thanksgiving, especially in light of the newest federal report for the Commonwealth that emphasizes the risks of gathering with people from other households. He also encouraged Kentuckians to keep getting tested for COVID-19 and announced that the state ranks sixth in the country for daily COVID-19 tests per million residents, according...

Beshear reports 1,745 new COVID cases, 11 deaths; Dr. Stack says ‘we are at worst place for disease’

Gov. Andy Beshear warned Kentuckians that we face significant danger from COVID-19. Eighty counties are in the red zone as cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase rapidly. Monday’s positivity rate was the highest since May 5. “If you’re not wearing a mask, you’re putting yourself at a real risk for contracting COVID,” said Beshear. “This is happening everywhere, which means we can’t...

Beshear reports worst week yet with 1,177 new cass, 4 deaths Sunday; urges caution and vigilance

Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians, especially those in red zone counties, to follow the recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19, with a continued escalation in cases that includes Kentucky’s highest test positivity rate in more than half a year and the highest number of cases in a week by almost 500 cases. He reported 1,177 new cases on Sunday and 4 deaths. Fayette County reported 99...

Beshear reports 2,162 new COVID cases, 17 deaths; urges following red zone recommendations

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday reported 2,162 new COVID-19 cases, making it the highest number of cases ever reported on a Saturday since the beginning of the pandemic in the Commonwealth. Fayette County reported 206 cases. The state’s positivity rate today is 7.17%, the highest in the state since May 5. “Since March 6, when COVID-19 was first reported in Kentucky, we have not had this many new...

Governor reports ‘truly frightening’ new COVID cases — 2,302 — and 10 deaths; ‘a dangerous time’

Gov. Andy Beshear said communities in red zone counties must work together to defeat an alarming spike in COVID-19. The Governor reported Kentucky’s highest COVID-19 test positivity rate since June 1 and its third-highest number of new daily cases, 2,302 cases, and 10 deaths. “These numbers are truly frightening. I know we’ve been in this fight for so long that it’s easy to get numb to the...