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Coronavirus trend line continues to rise; protestors asked to wear masks to help control spread of virus


By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News

Coronavirus cases showed a big drop on Sunday, but jumped again on Monday to a number similar to the elevated numbers seen near the end of last week. Prior to the elevation in numbers late last week, the state had seen a downward trend for almost two weeks.

“Kentucky has had 131 new positive cases with zero new deaths on Sunday and 214 new cases with eight new deaths on Monday,” Health Commissioner Steven Stack said in a news release. “We continue our efforts to expand testing, ramp up contact tracing and urge the public to practice social distancing and wear cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of covid-19.”

After almost two weeks with no day higher than 166 new cases, Kentucky’s numbers jumped to 283 last Friday and 247 on Saturday. Gov. Andy Beshear said Saturday that those numbers were driven by increased testing in long-term care facilities, but no explanation was given for today’s increase.

The counties with the highest number of new coronavirus cases on Sunday were Jefferson, 27; Kenton, 17; Fayette, 16; and three counties with 14, including Boone, Oldham and Warren.

Monday, the most new cases were in Jefferson, 54; Fayette, 30; Allen, 21; Warren, 19; and Boone and Shelby, both with nine.

The state has reported 10,046 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 457 people currently hospitalized with covid-19, including 90 in intensive care. At least 3,232 have recovered. The number of reported deaths stands at 439.

The deaths include an 84-year-old woman from Campbell County; an 82-year-old woman from Gallatin County; a 98-year-old woman from Grayson County; three Jefferson County men, aged 33, 53 and 75; a 90-year-old woman from Kenton County; and an 88-year-old man from Logan County.

Beshear did not hold his daily news conference today, having already held one to address the weekend protest against police violence in Louisville that resulted in a death.

At the end of that briefing, Beshear asked protesters to wear masks, practice social distancing if possible, and avoid contact with seniors and those with underlying health conditions.

The state provides 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 herefor Monday’s information, click here. The daily nursing home report was last updated Saturday, May 30.


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