Gov. Beshear says new steps will be taken Wednesday, more than 30 deaths reported Tuesday

Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.(Governor Andy Beshear/Facebook)
Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 3:59 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Tuesday COVID-19 update.

You can watch that here:

The governor announced 2,931 new cases and 33 new deaths in Kentucky.

The governor noted this is the highest number of deaths recorded in one day. He also said this is the third-highest day and highest Tuesday ever in terms of new cases.

“As the number of cases rise, the number of people who have been exposed increases exponentially. Our local health departments are overwhelmed. It is our duty as Kentuckians to help and protect our neighbors,” said Gov. Beshear. "This includes notifying contacts if they have been exposed to COVID-19.

The positivity rate is now at 9.1%.

At least 142,008 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,697.

24,760 people have recovered from the virus.

2,445,265 Kentuckians have received tests.

The governor said he will be announcing new steps Wednesday as cases continue to climb.

“When you look at the severity of this, action has to be taken,” the Governor said.

Dr. Stack explained that COVID-19 is expected to be the nation’s third leading cause of death in 2020, only behind heart disease and cancer.

“This is not political. We are trying to keep people safe from a once-in-a-century pandemic,” said Dr. Stack. “If your neighbor’s house is burning down, are you going to stand idly by, or are you going to try to rescue them from the fire? I am confident that if we come together we can interrupt this third climb, but it’s got to be Team Kentucky pulling together.”

Dr. Stack also highlighted a video from Pikeville Medical Center CEO Donovan Blackburn.

“Our COVID-19 ICU patients range from 32 years old to 90 years old,” said Blackburn. “With 83 COVID-19 patients and climbing, we – like other hospitals in the state and region – are nearing our capacity. We are also at risk of shutting down other vital services. So that we do not overburden our hospitals and health care workers, I urge all Kentuckians to please take this seriously and mask up.”

You can watch Blackburn’s video here:

Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 11/17
Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 11/17(WYMT)

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