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Gov. Beshear announces 647 cases, single highest Monday total

Gov. Andy Beshear gives Kentuckians an update on COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear gives Kentuckians an update on COVID-19.(WKYT)
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 3:50 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear held his daily COVID-19 news conference Monday afternoon in Frankfort.

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The governor announced 647 new cases and nine new deaths in Kentucky.

“We’re going to get through this together, what appears to be our third escalation,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve got to come together to do what it takes to defeat this virus. As for me and my family, we are over a week into quarantine, trying to answer the call and set an example. That’s our duty as Kentuckians and as Americans.”

Beshear said this is the single highest Monday total so far. The positivity rate is now at 4.97%.

“This is our highest number of cases that we’ve ever seen on a Monday,” said Gov. Beshear. “At a time when we need cases to be going down, when more people are going to be going inside, when our kids are going back or will be back in school, we need to do better. If we want to keep doing some of the activities that we’re doing now, we need to keep doing better.”

At least 88,237 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,326.

17,229 people have recovered from the virus.

1,819,333 Kentuckians have received tests.

Dr. Steven Stack says the first shipment of the vaccine is anticipated for delivery in late 2020 to early 2021. Dr. Stack released details including the phases for distribution outlined in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine.

“Initially, we’ll have to target certain populations to get the vaccine out as quickly as possible to the people who need it most,” said Gov. Beshear. "As we go forward in months from there, we’ll have progressively larger quantities of vaccine, and then we’re cautiously hopeful that by the time we reach the end of next year, everybody who has wanted the vaccine will have had the chance to have one.

To learn more about each phase, see page 44-45 of the state’s draft COVID-19 vaccination plan.

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

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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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