Over 750 COVID-related deaths reported in Bluegrass State


FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says although he had to report more cases than he wants, the numbers still show the state is leveling off.

Beshear confirms 700 new COVID-19 cases for Tuesday. He says the total still indicated the state is leveling off. This brings the state’s total to 32,197 cases. Today’s positive rate is 5.24%.

“Again, we’re seeing more cases of children,” he said.

Today’s update showed 18 children, the youngest begin 2 months old.

Beshear also confirmed seven new deaths related to the coronavirus. Because there were many cases confirmed in July, he says this will probably be a tough August for the state in terms of deaths.

At least 751 Kentuckians have died of complications related to the coronavirus.

Beshear says today’s reported deaths represents “probably the youngest group” he’s had to report.

Yesterday, Kentucky confirmed 323 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths, bringing the state to 31,508 cases and 744 deaths. The new cases include 12 children under 5-years-old, with the youngest two only 3-months-old.

The governor says 642,577 tests have been conducted throughout the state, and Kentuckians have recovered. The state’s positivity rate has dropped to 5.18%.

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