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Gov. Beshear reports 5.08% positivity rate, highest since August 25th

Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 3:59 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his daily COVID-19 briefing virtually from Frankfort.

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The governor announced 1,312 new cases and 16 new deaths in Kentucky. This is the fourth-highest number of daily COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.

“Today’s report is grim. It is grim because it shows that we are not just continuing in our third escalation, but this one is probably now the second most worrisome escalation we have seen surpassed only by that original March increase,” said Gov. Beshear.

144 of those new cases are children 18 years or younger. The positivity rate has increased to 5.08% which is the highest since August 25th.

As cases continue to increase, the state is beginning to prepare for a fall and winter surge in cases. The state has renewed state surge preparations including reviewing plans about the capacity in hospitals, examining possible hotel options as well as the use of state parks, if needed.

“Our cases continue to go up, our hospitalization continues to go up and we continue to see more people in the ICU. And if we can’t get everybody’s buy in and we can’t get more people doing the right thing each and every day, my concern is that we are going to experience a real surge that we must avoid,” said Gov. Beshear. “But if we’re going to face it, I want you to know that we are spending our time getting prepared.”

At least 89,544 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,342.

17,402 people have recovered from the virus.

1,828,431 Kentuckians have received tests.

Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 10/20
Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 10/20(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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