Beshear Reports Highest Day of COVID-19 Deaths
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - Governor Andy Beshear on Tuesday again warned Kentuckians that they must take action to stop the spread of COVID-19, as cases spread rapidly across the commonwealth.

"With the level of COVID we have right now, everybody needs to be getting tested, and everybody needs to get tested regularly," said Beshear. "I get tested every two weeks. I'd suggest you find a schedule that works for you. There are testing locations out there."

Beshear also implored Kentuckians to cooperate with contact tracers as COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state hit a record high.

"As the number of cases rise, the number of people who have been exposed increases exponentially. Our local health departments are overwhelmed. It is our duty as Kentuckians to help and protect our neighbors," said Beshear. "This includes notifying contacts if they have been exposed to COVID-19."

Beshear reported 2,931 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases in the commonwealth to 142,008. He reported the highest number of deaths reported in one day since the pandemic began, with 33 new deaths.

The positivity rate currently stands at 9.1%.

Beshear said he will announce additional steps to combat the virus during his press briefing Wednesday afternoon.

"When you look at the severity of this, action has to be taken," Beshear said.

You can see Beshear's full update below:

Published 06:13 PM, Tuesday Nov. 17, 2020
Updated 06:19 PM, Tuesday Nov. 17, 2020



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