After Saturday Spike, Beshear Gives COVID Update
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - After a recent spike in cases, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state's continuing efforts to fight COVID-19.

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, Beshear announced at least 61,542 cases in the commonwealth, 439 of which were newly reported Sunday. Sixty-eight of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 12 were ages 5 and under. The youngest was just two months old.

"I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather as we enter fall, but with this pandemic as deadly as ever and flu season beginning please take the essential steps to protect you, your loved ones and your community," said Gov. Beshear. "As we saw Saturday with more than 1,000 cases, COVID-19 remains highly infectious, and we must be vigilant to prevent a spike that will claim even more Kentuckians."

Beshear announced three more deaths on Sunday, bringing the state's death total to 1,111. The deaths reported Sunday included two Fayette Countians, including a 66-year-old man and a 92-year-old woman; and a 91-year-old man from Boyd County.

"That's three more Kentucky families who are grieving during this already difficult time," Beshear said.

Due to limited reporting on Sundays, some information will be delayed until Monday.

"We're not just preventing the spread of COVID-19. We're also preventing the spread of the common cold, the flu and other viruses which is very important since they can easily be confused with COVID-19," said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. "Kentucky, let's keep up the good work."

Stack encouraged people to get outside and enjoy the great weather. He offered some tips for those who host a gathering urging hosts to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people, insist invitees stay home if they aren't feeling well, require facial coverings, try to spend as much time as possible outdoors and seat guests at least six feet apart.

"Remember, you're the host, and you set the rules," Stack added.

Published 08:00 PM, Sunday Sep. 20, 2020
Updated 02:41 PM, Monday Sep. 21, 2020



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