Gov. Beshear announces 14 new deaths Tuesday, positivity rate rises to 4.59%

Gov. Andy Beshear updates Kentuckians on COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear updates Kentuckians on COVID-19.(Governor Andy Beshear (Facebook))
Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 3:59 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Tuesday’s COVID-19 update.

You can watch his news conference below:

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

Posted by WYMT on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The governor announced 776 new cases and 14 new deaths in Kentucky.

“We’re going to watch this trend through this week, because we’ve been on this escalation and we want to watch to see if we are seeing any stabilization,” the Governor said.

At least 81,691 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,269.

“The tough part about today’s report is we’ve lost 14 additional Kentuckians,” the Governor said. “It’s a big number, and these days are hard when we’ve had this amount of loss.”

13,986 people have recovered from the virus.

81,691 Kentuckians have received tests.

The positivity rate is 4.59%.

10.13.2020 COVID-19 Update
10.13.2020 COVID-19 Update(WYMT)

The governor once again had his briefing remotely, since he and his family have been in quarantine after receiving news that a member of the Governor’s security detail had tested positive.

“My entire family tested negative today,” Gov. Beshear said. “We know it can take a while for the virus to manifest, and so we will be tested – I believe on Friday – again, but that was at least good to see.”

Even though the Beshear family tested negative, they will remain in quarantine until cleared by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH).

The governor also reminded everyone about voting, “Remember, there are three weeks to vote early, before Election Day, and there are even Saturday hours,” the Governor said. “Pick a time. Make a plan of when you’re going to go vote.”

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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