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Gov. Andy Beshear promises more action will be taken to curb spread as coronavirus cases spike

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The number of new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky continues to spike, reaching nearly 18,000 and prompting Gov. Andy Beshear to promise new action will be taken to halt the recent trend.

“The rising case numbers are cause for concern, so on Thursday we’re going to announce some new requirements that are going to be mandatory,” he said. “Given what we are seeing across the country with exploding numbers in certain places, my commitment is to make sure that doesn’t happen here, but I can’t do it alone.”

There were 402 new cases reported to state health officials on Wednesday, making the total at least 17,919 since the start of the pandemic, and the first case in Kentucky, which was on March 6.

He noted, “While we have been at a plateau in Kentucky, really for several weeks, over the last four to six days we are seeing larger numbers.”

The governor has not yet released what steps he will be taking.

In addition, Beshear announced there were six new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 608 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The newly reported deaths include a 72-year-old man from Casey County; a 67-year-old man from Fulton County; two women, ages 73 and 77, and a 61-year-old man from Jefferson County; and a 74-year-old woman from Perry County.

“That is far too many Kentuckians to lose, and we’ve got to do everything we can to minimize our loss moving forward,” Beshear stated.

The number of Kentuckians ever hospitalized due to the coronavirus has now reached 2,737, while the current total is 453. While 1,007 people have ever been in ICU, currently there are 111, which is well above the number in the 70s, which had been the norm until recently.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been at least 451,451 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 4,912 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

At long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, a total of 2031 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, with 582 current cases and 389 deaths. Since the pandemic began, 1015 staff members have now tested positive, 338 currently, along with three deaths

While the governor has recently been holding weekly press conferences on the coronavirus each Tuesday afternoon, he is reminding everyone that his next press briefing will be tomorrow, July 9, at 4 p.m. EDT, and he also announced an additional press briefing for Friday, July 10, at 4 p.m. EDT.

The public can view the Thursday and Friday briefings on Gov. Beshear’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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.

You can also read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at kycovid19.ky.gov.

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