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Gov. Beshear announces 2,398 cases Wednesday, including backlogged cases from Fayette County

Gov. Andy Beshear gives Kentuckians an update on COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear gives Kentuckians an update on COVID-19.(WKYT)
Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 3:45 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear is giving his Wednesday COVID-19 update.

You can watch that live below:

The governor announced 926 new cases and five new deaths in Kentucky.

Beshear also announced another 1,472 backlogged cases from Fayette County. These cases are from the past month and a half. This technically brings Wednesday’s total to 2,398.

“We are appreciative of the community’s understanding as we moved through this delay,” Dr. Stack said. “As previously stated, the delay only existed with data entry; there were no delays in contacting positive cases and close contacts in Lexington.”

The positivity rate was 4.21%.

Dr. Stack commented on how this number is found and stated that the additional uploaded case data from Lexington-Fayette County would not have affected today’s positivity rate.

At least 76,587 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,223.

12,800 people have recovered from the virus.

1,568,542 Kentuckians have received tests.

358 of the cases today were children 18-years-old and younger. 38 of those were under the age of five.

First Lady Beshear spoke on the importance of wearing a mask to help get kids back in school.

“I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone that has made mask donations to their school districts,” First Lady Beshear said. “Thanks to your generosity, over 40,000 masks have been donated to Kentucky school districts.”

“Right now, as we continue to see high case numbers, it is so important to practice kindness to others and to set a good example by wearing your mask when you are out in public,” First Lady Beshear said.

Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 10/7
Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 10/7(WYMT)

First Lady Beshear also spoke about October being Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States, and unfortunately too many of us know someone who has been impacted by this disease,” the First Lady said. “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and the American Cancer Society estimates that 3,800 Kentucky women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020.”

She also mentioned that there are safe ways to get checked even during the pandemic.

“Providers are encouraging patients to continue their routine screening schedules even during the current pandemic,” she said. “Get in touch with your provider to discuss a plan to stay current on your screenings while also taking precaution against the coronavirus.”

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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