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Gov. Beshear announces 16 new COVID-19 deaths, Kentucky surpasses 1,000 total deaths

Gov. Beshear gives Kentuckians an update on COVID-19.
Gov. Beshear gives Kentuckians an update on COVID-19.(WKYT)
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 3:45 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear is giving his Wednesday COVID-19 update.

You can watch that live below:

The governor announced 667 new cases and 16 new deaths in Kentucky.

At least 53,977 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now more than 1,000.

The governor ordered flags on state buildings to fly at half-staff for the next week. He also said there will be a wreath-laying by the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard in the Capitol rotunda at 10 a.m. Beshear will be speaking directly to Kentuckians at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

“We’ll spend about 15 minutes talking over this loss, our fight to date and how we must do at least a little bit better to make sure we come out of this crisis with as many of our family members with us as possible, that we come out in a way where we can be proud of what we have done and how we have faced this very difficult disease,” the Governor said.

Dr. Steven Stack said the death toll should bring home the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis for everyone.

“In the United States of America, in roughly the last six months, more than 190,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. To put that in context, the city of Louisville is about 620,000 or so, so it’s like 30 percent of the city of Louisville has died in the last six months across the country,” Dr. Stack said. “People talk about the numbers, where there are inconsistent or where there are inaccuracies, but deaths are pretty clear. The implications to the United States of America are pretty substantial and profound. Now in Kentucky, today we crossed over a big milestone, with over 1,000 Kentuckians who’ve lost their lives from the coronavirus. And that’s a tragedy and a tragedy for their families. It’s a smaller tragedy than we might otherwise have had had we not taken the steps over the last six months we would have had larger totals like they’ve had in other states and in other areas. So I’m grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to blunt the harm but the harm that’s happened is substantial nonetheless.”

10,725 people have recovered from the virus.

937,153 Kentuckians have received tests. The positivity rate is 3.8 percent.

Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 9/9
Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 9/9(WYMT)

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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