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Beshear Reports Lower COVID-19 Positivity Rate
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear reported a lower positivity rate during his daily COVID-19 update on Saturday.

"Our positivity rate is down from yesterday but we need to continue to push that number down," the governor said. 

As of Saturday, the positivity rate stands at 4.14%, compared to 4.70 the day before. The rate has ranged as low as 3.84% on Tuesday. It had been hovering over 5 percent throughout July and most of August.

Beshear reported that there are at least 56,415 cases in Kentucky, 721 of which were newly reported Saturday. Eighty-one of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 15 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 6-month-old from Warren County.

He reported 13 new deaths Saturday, raising the total to 1,057 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

Deaths reported Saturday include an 89-year-old man from Barren County; an 83-year-old woman from Bell County; two women, ages 80 and 83, and two men, both age 81, from Jefferson County; a 78-year-old woman from Logan County; a 59-year-old woman from Muhlenberg County; a 76-year-old woman from Simpson County; and three Warren County women, ages 62, 81 and 93, as well as a 72-year-old man.

As of Saturday, there have been at least 990,957 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health, said, "As we wait for a vaccine, there's one thing we can do. We can get an immunization that already exists: the flu vaccine. Protecting ourselves against the flu is more important than ever. An influenza outbreak on top of the COVID-19 pandemic could be disastrous this fall and winter. The health care systems upon which Kentuckians rely could be overwhelmed by what some say is a looming 'twindemic.'"

"Flu shots are widely available right now, and this weekend is as good a time as any to see your primary care provider or head to a clinic, drug store or other place offering it," Dr. Stack said. "In some cases, there's even no charge."

Published 06:00 PM, Saturday Sep. 12, 2020
Updated 04:35 PM, Sunday Sep. 13, 2020

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