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Governor announced 2nd-highest day of new COVID-19 cases

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday announced the second-highest daily total of new cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Kentucky.

"Today we are reporting what I believe is the second-highest number of new cases we have had since our first case on March 6, with 797 new cases of COVID-19. That brings our total number of cases to 29,931. What it means is we are continuing to see an increase and a growth that we absolutely have to stop," said Gov. Beshear. "And we'll be watching these very carefully through the weekend and if we do not see the numbers come down, we going to have a series of recommendations and steps that we'll need to take next week."

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As of 4 p.m. July 24, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 25,931 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 797 of which were newly reported Friday. Nineteen new cases were from children ages 5 and younger.

"Let's make sure that we're more committed than ever," said Gov. Beshear. "Let's make sure that we are not violating these basic rules that we know can help us. Let's make sure we realize that each and every one of our actions can impact someone else. And let's just realize that this thing is escalating in Kentucky, that we're seeing more cases than we ever imagined before. And now is the time for everybody to recognize the severity of the situation that we're in."

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported seven new deaths Friday, raising the total to 691 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

"Let's remember these families need our help," said Gov. Beshear. "And because of the surge in cases, we're probably going to see more families out there in the near future need our help. So let's not get tired. Let's light our houses up green. Let's ring those bells every single morning at 10 a.m. People need us now more than ever not just to wear a facial covering. Not just to engage in social distancing. Not just to cut their social occasions at their home to 10 not just to cancel your vacation if you're going to any state that has a 15% positivity rate. But also they need your compassion. And they need your help when they have suffered the worst."

The deaths reported Friday include an 81-year-old man from Boone County; a 59-year-old woman from Hardin County; an 85-year-old woman and an 82-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 66-year-old man from Oldham County; and two women, ages 54 and 74, from Warren County.

"Again, how we manage this crisis, whether we can bring down cases is going to determine how many lives we lose," said Gov. Beshear. "It's going to determine what economic impact we have going forward because our reopening and our economy are now tied to how well we deal with this virus. And it's going to be directly related to when we can get our kids back in school for in-person classes."

As of Friday, there have been at least 574,233 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.28%, the highest ever reported in Kentucky.

This story was posted on 2020-07-25 12:33:01
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