Beshear Reports Highest Number of Saturday Cases
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - On Saturday, Governor Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the latest COVID-19 case information from across the state.

"This is the fourth highest day of positive COVID-19 cases. This is also the highest Saturday that we've ever had," said Gov. Beshear. "Things are not moving in the right direction; they continue to escalate. This virus is our enemy, not each other."

Beshear reported 1,295 new cases of the virus, raising the total number of cases to 86,797. He noted that sixty-two of the new cases were from children 18 and younger.

There were twelve new deaths Saturday, raising the total number of deaths to 1,312.

"October is on pace to be our highest ever number of coronavirus cases reported within a month," said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. "We're in the midst of an escalation in cases and our hospitalizations are increasing now, too. As the holidays approach, it's imperative to limit further spread. Practice social distancing, wear a face covering and practice good hand hygiene to reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19."

Kentucky's positivity rate currently stands at 4.62 percent.

Published 04:23 PM, Saturday Oct. 17, 2020
Updated 07:28 PM, Sunday Oct. 18, 2020



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