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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on the state's continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth.

"I know, at this point in our battle against COVID, the weeks can be really long. What I'd ask is, keep it up. Keep wearing the masks," said Gov. Beshear. "All the experts say it's working, not just in general, they say it's working here in Kentucky."

Rocky Adkins' Father Back Home after Battling COVID-19
Today, Rocky Adkins, senior advisor to Gov. Beshear and a former state representative, shared that his father, Jess Adkins, 84, is home after contracting COVID-19 and spending two weeks in the hospital and one week at Cardinal Hill for rehabilitation.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the front line workers in Kentucky. I'm happy to report that yesterday, my dad was able to return home," said Adkins. "My son Brandon, who tested positive also, is doing great and has not had any serious side effects. I'm proud of both of these fellows. They remind us we need to check on our neighbors. I'm thoroughly convinced that if not for my son watching out for him, my dad probably would have lost his life."

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Aug. 27, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 45,978 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 775 of which were newly reported Thursday. One hundred thirty of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 14 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was a two month old from Jefferson County.

"We're tracking again about what we've seen the last several weeks," said Gov. Beshear. "Did you ever think we'd be to the point where 775 wouldn't sound abnormal? It means that we do have to push to have fewer cases, but it does show that we are doing a lot of testing."

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported eight new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 910 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The deaths reported Thursday include an 84-year-old man from Allen County; an 84-year-old man from Barren County; an 80-year-old woman from Green County; a 70-year-old man from Hardin County; a 90-year-old man from Lewis County; a 74-year-old man from Madison County; an 89-year-old woman from McCracken County; and a 75-year-old man from Warren County.

"Let's make sure that we light our homes up green, we ring our bells. There's an amazing woman who works in the Secretary of State's office that walks in the rotunda every day, rings her bell 120 times, one for each county, making sure that she is paying homage to the loss that is out there everywhere," said Gov. Beshear. "Let's make sure we continue to do the same."

Rocky Adkins added, "Even as my dad returned home yesterday, there are 910 people who aren't returning home."

As of Thursday, there have been at least 848,937 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 4.80%. At least 9,731 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

"There are still some out there claiming kids don't get the virus or transmit the virus. Here's what I'd tell them: there are 130 kids 18 and under on today's report," the Governor added. "That's a trend we have to pay attention to. Today we're reporting 11 high school-aged kids in Warren County. Eleven kids in one county alone. I hope that contact tracing is going fast, because that school system is open."

This story was posted on 2020-08-28 05:59:00
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