More than 1,300 New Virus Cases Reported in KY
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the state's continuing efforts to fight COVID-19.

"Our COVID report today adds to a tough week," Beshear said. "We need to buckle down; we need to wear masks; we need to follow that rule of no gatherings above 10 people at our homes. We need to social distance and we shouldn't play politics with this virus. It is real. It doesn't matter if there's an election a couple of weeks away."

Beshear said he, the First Lady and their children, Will and Lila, are all still feeling great. They continue to test negative for COVID-19 and have been keeping a positive attitude about their quarantine, enjoying the extra time with each other and their dog, Winnie.

A member of the Governor's security detail who tested positive for COVID-19 is still experiencing mild symptoms, but doing well.

Beshear said there were at least 85,506 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, 1,319 of which were newly reported Friday. There were 189 newly reported cases from children up through age 18, of which 36 were children 5 and under. The youngest was only 7 days old.

"Another piece of unfortunate news: We have a COVID-19 outbreak at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex. We've had 17 inmates and two staff test positive. We will be testing the entire facility, and we will be using the protocols that we first used at Green River to successfully stop an outbreak that had occurred there."

Beshear reported four new deaths Friday, raising the total to 1,300 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

As of Friday, there have been at least 1,773,349 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was 4.70%.

Published 04:26 PM, Friday Oct. 16, 2020
Updated 08:22 AM, Saturday Oct. 17, 2020



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