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Governor Beshear announces 776 new cases, eight new deaths Wednesday

Governor Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.
Governor Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.(WKYT)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 3:57 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Wednesday COVID-19 update.

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The Governor announced 776 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 58,764.

“In general, what we are seeing is we still have higher case numbers than we would like to see, but we don’t at the moment see those accelerating from last week or the week before,” the Governor said. “We see our positivity rate coming down, and that is a good thing.”

The Governor also announced eight new deaths, bringing the death toll in the Commonwealth up to 1,082.

“Remember, COVID-19 doesn’t care about your county line or whether you are rural or urban,” the Governor said.

The positivity rate is now at 3.89 percent and more than one million Kentuckians have been tested for the virus.

“We continue to see this trend, where more and more kids are testing positive. They are becoming a bigger percentage of our positivity rate for a couple of reasons,” the Governor said. “One, thankfully, kids are being tested more often, and two, they are out doing more. But remember as we are making these decisions, our belief is that kids can transmit this virus as easily as anybody else.”

Mark Carter, leading the state’s contact tracing efforts, also gave an update on how contact tracing is working in Kentucky.

Carter said contact tracing and other materials are now available in English, Spanish, Burmese, Somali, and Chinese.

“In addition to those materials, we also recommend downloading and sharing the temporary Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility One Pager, which is also available on the website,” Carter said. “This includes important and timely information for residents about who can, and where to, apply for this type of Medicaid assistance.”

Carter also said nearly 400 workers have been added to his staff since July, including contact tracers, disease investigators, regional team members and social support coordinators.

“This brings our total to 1,240 staff members who are not only trained to trace the spread of COVID-19, but to also help our local communities with the support and resources needed to successfully quarantine and monitor their symptoms,” he said.

Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 9/16
Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 9/16(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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