Gov. Beshear announces 801 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths Saturday

Gov. Beshear provides the latest COVID-19 update.
Gov. Beshear provides the latest COVID-19 update.(AP)
Published: Aug. 8, 2020 at 5:12 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - In a news release Saturday, Governor Andy Beshear announced 801 new COVID-19 cases across the state and eight deaths. 29 of the newly reported cases were from children age 5 and younger.

At least 34,578 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll stands at 772.

Locally, the Harlan County Health Department announced seven new cases of COVID-19 Saturday. This brings the county total to 268. 51 of those cases are active and six are hospitalized.

The Bell County Health Department posted a news release on Facebook Saturday reporting three new cases. This brings their total to 307 cases. 77 are active and 10 are hospitalized.

“Folks, we need your help. This is the time where we need to buckle down and do what it takes to get this virus under control. Please stay safe and take this seriously,” said Gov. Beshear.

As of Saturday, there have been at least 690,942 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky.

The positivity rate currently stands at 6.02%.

“Our positivity rate is the highest we’ve had since we tested the entire Green River Correctional Facility back in May,” said Gov. Beshear.

At least 8,647 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus

Kentucky COVID info 8/8
Kentucky COVID info 8/8(WYMT)

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If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

You can also find more information, including how to protect your family, by visiting Kentucky’s official COVID-19 website:

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