Governor Beshear reports highest daily numbers, second deadliest day
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Thursday COVID-19 update.
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The governor announced 3,649 new cases and 30 new deaths in Kentucky.
This is the highest daily number of people reported with COVID-19, and the second-highest number for daily deaths.
He also mentioned that all five of the top highest days have been within the last week, “Our top five highest days are all in the last week. This is exponential growth, right? It’s continuing to grow and it will continue to grow.”
437 of the 3,649 new cases were kids the age 18 and under.
The governor also mentioned Alexa’s story, a 15-year-old girl who was one of the deaths reported yesterday.
He said Alexa was a freshman at Ballard Memorial High School, “But the week of Halloween this year, Alexa started feeling sick. She tested positive for COVID-19 and managed the first few days at home before being taken to the hospital. Those who knew Alexa asked we help raise awareness of how deadly this virus is and how important it is to follow the guidelines put in place.”
At least 148,390 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,742.
25,437 people have recovered from the virus.
2,519,768 Kentuckians have received tests.
The positivity rate is 9.18%.
The governor also mentioned yesterday’s restrictions on bars and restaurants.
“As our needs are increasing, more of our front line – our only line – health care workers are getting infected. More and more are in quarantine after a possible exposure, too,” said Gov. Beshear. “So as our need goes up, our capacity and ability to help people goes down. That’s why we’re taking these steps.”
You can find the complete list of new mandates here.
He encouraged anyone who will lose their job due to the restrictions to apply to UPS, for they are hiring 1000 workers for the holiday season. Some locations depending on the position are offering anywhere from $14 - $20 per hour.
“Heading into the holiday season, UPS is planning to hire more than 1,000 people across Kentucky. These jobs include package handlers, warehouse workers and team members to help drivers delivering packages. These are good wages, and these jobs come at a crucial time for many Kentuckians. Thank you to UPS for making these opportunities available for our people during such a challenging year.”
He also mentioned the high need for blood and encouraged people to donate.
“The need for blood donors remains high as we continue to battle COVID-19 here in Kentucky and across the United States. For those looking to help, please visit RedCross.org/giveblood or KYBloodCenter.org today,” said Gov. Beshear. “Both of these organizations have implemented enhanced safety procedures for donors. It’s important we do what we can to help.”
When asked about churches, the governor commented saying that he would request that they go virtual for the same period of time that Wednesday’s restrictions are in effect.
As of Thursday, 112 out of 120 counties are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map.
You can see how your county is doing right now here.
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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