Governor Beshear reports more than 1000 new cases since Monday

Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky
Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky(WKYT)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 3:48 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 3:56 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Wednesday COVID-19 update.

You can watch that here:

Gov. Beshear COVID Briefing 8/12

Gov. Beshear holds COVID-19 briefing

Posted by WYMT on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Today Governor Beshear announced 1,163 new cases of COVID-19. This is the largest single-day increase Kentucky has seen since the state began tracking cases, bringing the Commonwealth’s total to 36,945 cases.

A glitch in the IT system on Monday meant many cases from the past few days could not be processed until Wednesday, meaning that the average number of cases per day this week is under 400.

39 of those cases are in children under the age of five.

The governor also reported seven new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in Kentucky to 790.

683 people are currently hospitalized and 143 are in intensive care.

717,370 tests have been performed statewide and the test positivity rate currently sits at 5.63 percent.

8,893 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

KY COVID info 8/12/20
KY COVID info 8/12/20(WYMT)

“I believe today will be our single highest number of positive cases that we’ve had. Today we’ve set a record that we never wanted to set, going over 1,000 cases,” the Governor said. “Now, if there is good news in this, it is with the number of tests with the seven-day average, our positivity rate is actually down a little bit. But we need to get that much, much lower.”

Gov. Beshear also provided an update on the state’s travel advisory, which requires a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone returning from a state or territory with a positivity rate over 15%. As of Wednesday afternoon, this list includes Washington State, Florida, Nevada, Mississippi, Idaho, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, and Arizona.

WYMT independently confirms all coverage area positive COVID-19 cases, along with any coronavirus-related deaths, with local health departments before publishing any details.

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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