Governor Beshear announces state death total approaching 1,200, Trick-or-Treat guidelines
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Thursday COVID-19 update.
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The governor announced 910 new cases and 17 new deaths in Kentucky.
146 of the new cases were kids 18-years-old or younger.
“Our case numbers continue to be higher than any of us would like,” said Gov. Beshear. “I got a text from a friend that his father had died of COVID. Anybody who wants to suggest this isn’t real ought to talk to him.”
At least 69,728 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,191.
“Nine hundred and ten cases is hard, but today we’re reporting 17 deaths. That’s pretty sad when 17 is just the fifth highest day,” said Gov. Beshear. “By the end of the week we will probably hit 1,200. When we have a lot of cases, sadly a lot of death follows. There are 17 families who have been struggling before today, but today, let’s light our homes up green for them.”
11,970 people have recovered from the virus.
1,483,960 Kentuckians have received tests.
The positivity rate rose to 4.11%.
Dr. Stack also spoke about safety recommendations for Trick-or-Treat this year.
He mentioned not directly handing it out, but leaving it out on the walkway with a sign.
He also asked events like haunted houses, hayrides, and anything that involves large groups wait till next year.
“We have put together the best guidance we can for Halloween to be safe. But we can’t do things exactly like we did them before, and we all ought to know that,” said Gov. Beshear. “Having a big party right now during COVID puts everybody at risk. Let’s not ruin Halloween for our kids by it spreading a virus that can harm people they love.”
You can find full Halloween Guidelines here.
“Let’s keep Halloween for the kids. Let’s all come together and make sure the kids can have a good, safe experience and have fun. This is not the year to have all the adult Halloween parties. Adult Halloween gatherings are not the same things as the kids',” said Dr. Stack.
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