Governor Beshear brings attention to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, reports nine deaths Tuesday

Gov. Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.
Gov. Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.(WKYT)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:51 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Tuesday COVID-19 update.

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Watch: Gov. Andy Beshear gives Tuesday's COVID-19 update

Posted by WYMT on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The governor announced 745 new cases and nine new deaths in Kentucky.

95 of the 745 new cases were kids 18 or younger.

At least 58,000 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,074.

10,962 people have recovered from the virus.

1,068,026 Kentuckians have received tests.

The positivity rate is 3.97 percent.

“I will start by telling you one of the most exciting things about our COVID report is that today we are now under a 4% positivity rating,” the Governor said. “That is moving in the right direction at a time when we are giving guidance, especially to school systems, about how to at least get back to a hybrid model starting on Sept. 28.”

The governor also brought attention to the fact that this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and stated cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for Kentucky children.

“Today, I want to support and recognize a special group of individuals in Kentucky who are some of the most vulnerable in our fight against COVID-19,” the Governor said. “That special group is our state’s youngest cancer fighters. This month, and every September, we stand in solidarity with these children and their families during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.”

Restaurants and bars are also now allowed to stay open until 11:00 p.m. which is an hour later than previously allowed.

“That was a specific request from those in the restaurant industry. We thought it was reasonable,” the Governor said. “But again let’s make sure that whether you’re in that industry or another industry, with rules and regulations that you are trying to do it right and are not trying to find a way to get around it. That not only hurts you and your facility and the people that come to it, but it hurts everybody around as well.”

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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