Beshear Announces Highest Single-Day COVID Total
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - Governor Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported the highest number of reported cases of the coronavirus in a single day that did not include a backlogged set of cases.

As of 4 pm Wednesday, Beshear said there were at least 83,013 cases of the virus in Kentucky, 1,346 of which were newly reported Wednesday. Of the new cases, 171 were from children ages 18 and younger.

"I've said this should be a wake-up call or maybe a jolt or shock to the system, but everybody ought to be concerned Beshear said. "Let's push the complacency out and let's get the urgency back in."

Beshear reported seven new deaths, raising the total to 1,276 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

He said two Kentucky veterans who were at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore were among those who died from COVID-19.

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack encouraged residents to take advantage of more than 300 testing locations throughout the commonwealth.

Dr. Stack higlighted new partnerships in some areas that need service, including testing sponsored by the Purchase District Health Department.

Dr. Stack also reminded everyone that, beginning next week, Kentucky will change the way it calculates the positivity rate. Going forward, Kentucky will use COVID-19 PCR tests that are sent in electronically to make the calculation.

Dr. Stack said there were four main benefits to using the PCR tests to calculate the positivity rate: automated collection of data, a more stable data stream, filter for the past seven days, and a quick turnaround on testing results.

Gov. Beshear emphasized that the change will not take place until next week to give everyone – hospitals, state officials, media and citizens – enough time to analyze and ask questions about the move before it happens.

You can see Beshear's full update below:

Published 07:51 PM, Wednesday Oct. 14, 2020
Updated 08:15 PM, Wednesday Oct. 14, 2020



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