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Gov. Beshear announces highest number of new COVID-19 cases on a Monday

Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 3:58 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - In his Monday afternoon news conference, Gov. Andy Beshear remarked that Monday’s number of new COVID-19 cases was the highest on a Monday by a significant amount.

You can watch that news conference here:

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Gov. Beshear announced 2,135 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, bringing the state’s total to 160,232 cases. The state’s positivity rate has also fallen slightly to 8.97%.

“If we have the highest Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week again, with what we’re going to see happening over Thanksgiving, we’re headed to an even darker place than we are right now,” said Gov. Beshear

The governor also reported five new deaths Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,792.

2,639,200 Kentuckians have received tests thus far, while 26,611 people have recovered from the virus.

1,573 Kentuckians were in the hospital, with 391 in the hospital and 203 on ventilators.

“Day in and day out, our health care workers are doing what it takes. So day in and day out, we have to, too. Think about their sacrifice, every day going into a unit where they could contract this virus that they see people die from,” said Gov. Beshear. “What about our sacrifice? Over these coming months until we get to a vaccine, are we willing to step up for them and for each other, to make sure we can all get through this?”

“We are at war. They are on the front lines and they are our only line. I will not abandon them. I will stand with them and I will make the difficult decisions it takes to make sure that our health care system can ultimately help everybody who needs it.”

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, also gave an update on contract tracing and new projections that account for Gov. Beshear’s additional restrictions.

“Contact tracing has a number of different purposes: case investigation, helping connect Kentuckians to helpful resources they need, contact notification and providing information about quarantining,” said Dr. Stack. “Recent models show that just for Jefferson County and 14 surrounding counties, if we had complete compliance with new requirements we could prevent almost 1,000 additional deaths by mid-January. Even with low compliance, 513 deaths would be prevented.”

Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 11-23
Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 11-23(WYMT)

As of Monday, 117 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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