Governor Beshear speaks about violence in Louisville, announces 13 COVID-19 deaths Thursday

Gov. Andy Beshear is giving an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.
Gov. Andy Beshear is giving an update on COVID-19 in Kentucky.(WKYT)
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 3:49 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Thursday’s COVID-19 update.

You can watch that here.

Gov. Beshear holds conference

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

Posted by WYMT on Thursday, September 24, 2020

The governor announced 745 new cases and 13 new deaths in Kentucky.

At least 64,158 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,137.

11,570 people have recovered from the virus.

1,301,407 Kentuckians have received tests.

The positivity rate landed at 4.57 percent.

107 of the new cases were children ages 18 and younger.

“Again, it seems like we are seeing a larger and larger and larger portion of positive cases being our young people,” said Gov. Beshear.

09.24.2020 COVID-19 Update
09.24.2020 COVID-19 Update(WYMT)

The governor also spoke on the violence in Louisville, saying that it is not right.

“I want to condemn this act of violence in the most stark terms. It is absolutely wrong. We want to make sure that any type of activity or demonstrations remain nonviolent and peaceful. Just one person can mar something that otherwise is done the right way.”

He mentioned that President Donald Trump called him Wednesday night and spoke to him about it. According to the governor, the president said it seemed like Kentucky had things under control, but if we needed the president’s help, he would provide the assistance and extra support needed. Governor Beshear said it was a good call, and he appreciated the president making it.

“We know that the answer to violence is never violence and we are thinking about those two officers and their families,” said Gov. Beshear last night. “Hopefully we can find ways not just to listen to each other, but to hear. Stay safe. We care about each and every one of you.”

The governor also gave a reminder of the new dashboard for schools where you can find updated COVID-19 information for your school.

WYMT independently confirms all of Southeastern Kentucky’s 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 here.

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