Number of Red Zone counties in Kentucky continues to rise

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear gives a COVID-19 update on Oct. 15, 2020.

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says 94 counties are now in the red zone as the state reports 2,342 new COVID-19 cases.

He says these counties need to act now to reduce the spread of COVID-19, urging Kentuckians to follow the red zone recommendations and school recommendations.

“Remember, what this is supposed to do is provide a way for communities to come together to stop the virus,” said Gov. Beshear.

Beshear says the state has also confirmed 18 additional deaths, bringing the total to 1,622. The state’s total number of cases rose to 129,680, with a current positivity rate of 8.29%.

Health officials report 1,311 Kentuckians are currently in the hospital, with 299 in the ICU and 163 on a ventilator.

At least 23,629 Kentuckians have recovered.

CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander says Kentuckians who enrolled in Medicaid and have been receiving Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) should be receiving their new P-EBT cards as soon as possible.

He says a vendor has been contracted to produce and provide the cards is working through a backlog to get them issued so Kentuckians can receive their benefits. The P-EBT program that provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures.

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