Gov. Beshear: 456 new COVID-19 cases, five new deaths reported Monday

Gov. Andy Beshear updates Kentuckians on COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear updates Kentuckians on COVID-19.(Governor Andy Beshear (Facebook))
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 3:54 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Monday COVID-19 update.

The Governor announced 456 new cases Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 66, 939.

“What I hope really sinks in for everybody watching is the word ‘urgency,’” the Governor said. “I believe that since maybe the traditional start of school, we have become more casual in our approach to COVID and our concerns about COVID, and how well we follow those rules and guidelines that are out there. It’s been seven months and most of us have never had to deal with something like this for seven months. But the virus is here and it waits for us to get casual. When we get casual, what we see is alarming trends in the virus. We will get through this, but when we get to the other side, do you want to look back and think, ‘We could have done better,’ when doing better is about saving people’s lives?”

The Governor also announced five new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the Commonwealth to 1,162.

“Let’s call and check on the families who have lost someone,” said Gov. Beshear. “I lost my friend Alice Sparks at the end of last week. She lived a wonderful life and lived life to its fullest, but she should still be with us.”

507 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 106 are in intensive care.

1, 373, 577 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus and the positivity rate remains below five percent, currently sitting at 4.41 percent.

Kentucky COVID-19 Info 9/28
Kentucky COVID-19 Info 9/28(WYMT)

With some school districts returning to in-person classes this week, Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman spoke Monday about the state’s new online portal for reporting on COVID-19 for schools.

“Today is Sept. 28, which is the first day that the Governor recommended that in-person classes could resume,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “Our schools are asked to self-report Monday through Friday for each day that their schools are in session.”

She said the information is crucial for leaders, parents and other caregivers.

The new dashboard will be available on the state’s COVID website under the Healthy at School section.

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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