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Gov. Beshear reports 785 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, six new deaths

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. 13, 2020 at 3:55 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2020 at 5:21 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear is giving Thursday’s COVID-19 update from the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

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The governor announced 785 new cases and 6 new deaths in Kentucky.

At least 37,686 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 796.

Governor Beshear is asking Kentuckians to unite and support each other through this pandemic, “Let’s make sure we continue those green lights and ringing those bells,” said Gov. Beshear. “That’s for these families. Let’s honor those we’ve lost.”

8,965 people have recovered from the virus.

730,362 Kentuckians have received tests.

Governor Beshear expressed his concern about the increase in children getting COVID-19, “We had more than 100,000 kids test positive nationwide just in the last couple weeks of July. We are seeing an explosion of positive tests among our young people,” said Gov. Beshear. “We cannot experiment with the health of our children.”

Andy Beshear gives Thursday's COVID-19 Update
Andy Beshear gives Thursday's COVID-19 Update(none)

Dr. Stack Update

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, demonstrated how the state of Kentucky is flattening the curve compared to other states.

“When some of these states barreled forward, in Kentucky, we had a very measured and phased approach,” said Dr. Stack. “I think what we see is that the mask mandate is what impacted and hopefully flattened our curve.”

Dr. Stack also shared how starting the K-12 school year virtually will give more districts time to prepare for a safer reopening in the fall.

“Some schools have had to quarantine many students within days of kicking off the school year. I very much support the decision that the Governor made. I respect it’s a very difficult decision, but our disease burden for COVID-19 is at its all-time high,” said Dr. Stack. “We need to get kids back to school but we need to get kids back to school safely.”

Dr. Stack also shared the importance of keeping up with vaccines, most importantly the flu vaccine.

“Get your flu shot. We need everyone to do this. We have to keep influenza as suppressed as we possibly can,” said Dr. Stack. “In a bad year with influenza, our hospitals are strained just keeping up with flu patients.”

State Launches New Website to Support Nonprofit Organization

Governor Beshear and Eric Friedlander, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHSF), announced that nonprofits will be given access to a state website to help with volunteer recruitment.

The site will also help better track volunteerism in Kentucky.

You can find more information by clicking the following link: https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=CHFS&prId=283

Nearly $4 Million Approved in CARES Act Reimbursement for Local Governments

Government Beshear and the Department of Local Government (DLG) announced 15 Eastern Kentucky government were approved for a $3.8 million dollars in reimbursements.

You can find more information by clicking the following link: https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=GovernorBeshear&prId=306

School Opening Guidance

Governor Beshear announced new guidance for schools to begin completely virtual and not begin in-person classes until Sept. 28 on Monday.

The Governor said that the decision was made based from four factors: Kentucky’s cases being near a peak, an increase in infection rates among children across the U.S., the experience of school districts in other states and families continuing to travel to hotspots for vacations against the advice of health officials.

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: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

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