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Governor: State surpasses 3 million tests

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - Today, Gov. Andy Beshear heralded some positive signs in Kentucky's fight against the coronavirus: Daily, week-over-week positive cases fell by 1,000 Tuesday and the commonwealth surpassed more than 3 million COVID-19 tests administered.

"We have built in the last nine months a system that provides over 350 testing locations, that has now done more than 3 million tests in a state that 4.4 million people," the Governor said.

Gov. Beshear also highlighted a new amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by the American Medical Association and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness.

The brief emphasizes that Gov. Beshear's recent orders had detailed scientific rationale:
"The public health order at issue in this case, which temporarily ordered the closure of all Kentucky schools from kindergarten through high school for in-person learning, was based on sound scientific considerations.

"The Declaration of Dr. Steven J. Stack, M.D., Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, gives a detailed scientific explanation for the temporary in-person closure of Kentucky schools, grades K-12. It also explains why other Kentucky institutions may face fewer restrictions. Dr. Stack's declaration is based on solid medical reasoning, which is largely apparent from the declaration itself. The district court, however, asserted that Dr. Stack and the Governor had inadequately explained why K-12 schools should close, while other institutions can remain open."

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:
  • New cases today: 3,114
  • New deaths today: 20
  • Positivity rate: 9.56%
  • Total deaths: 2,102
  • Currently hospitalized: 1,760
  • Currently in ICU: 416
  • Currently on ventilator: 207
The Governor noted that different Kentucky regions have between 54% and 87% of hospital beds already in use; in addition, Kentucky regions have between 61% and 96% of ICU beds already filled.

Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren, Kenton and Boone.

The red zone counties for this week can be found here: Community leaders, businesses, schools and families in these counties should all follow red zone reduction recommendations, as well as other orders and guidance.

Those reported lost to the virus today include a 92-year-old woman and a 92-year-old man from Bullitt County; two men, ages 52 and 72, from Boyd County; a 74-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 58-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman from Hopkins County; a 35-year-old woman and a 90-year-old man from Jefferson County; two men, ages 56 and 71, from Johnson County; two men, ages 37 and 83, from Lee County; a 78-year-old man from Marshall County; a 62-year-old man from Nelson County; an 87-year-old woman from Owsley County; two women, ages 78 and 90, and a 79-year-old man from Pike County; and a 66-year-old man from Scott County.

This story was posted on 2020-12-08 17:46:25
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