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Governor Beshear announces 543 new cases, five new deaths Monday

Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.(WKYT)
Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 3:44 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear is giving his Monday COVID-19 update.

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The governor announced 543 new cases and five new deaths in Kentucky.

Governor Beshear said this the highest Monday compared to the last four weeks. The positivity rate is 4.69%.

“I believe that is the highest Monday, certainly in the last four weeks and by an appreciable amount,” the Governor said.

At least 73,158 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,214.

“More cases equal more death,” the Governor said. “If we are more casual, as opposed to more urgent, we will lose more of our family and friends. It’s hard because you can’t see it, but it happens. If we aren’t strong, other people typically pay for it. Let’s be strong.”

12,445 people have recovered from the virus.

1,539,707 Kentuckians have received tests.

“We are clearly now in an escalation. There is no doubt about it,” Dr. Steven Stack said. “We are unfortunately now on an experiment here in the state of Kentucky to prove or disprove, in a manner of speaking, if our rural state will experience the same tragedies that have unfolded elsewhere. I think one of the tragedies that plays in to this is this is something that is at least theoretically in our control if we choose different behaviors.”

Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 10/5
Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 10/5(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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