Gov. Beshear: Second highest Monday on record with new cases, 12 new deaths reported
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WAVE) - Gov. Andy Beshear’s Monday COVID-19 briefing began by speaking about the increasing number of cases and deaths, and concerns over another possible surge of cases following the holiday weekend.
“We do what it takes and we do not give up no matter how long it takes, and no matter how hard it is,” Beshear said. “We do not give up when it comes to fighting for the lives of our neighbors, for the health of our friends, for the education of our kids. This is what we do as Kentuckians.”
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The governor announced 2,124 new cases and 12 new deaths, including two veterans in Kentucky on Monday.
At least 179,041 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,908.
28,241 people have recovered from the virus.
The positivity rate is currently at 9.42%
421 people are currently in the ICU, up 14 from Sunday. 1,741 people are in the hospital, up 32 from Sunday. 11 new people are on a ventilator on Monday, bringing the total up to 229.
Gov. Beshear also passed along information from the White House COVID-19 Task Force stating if you traveled during Thanksgiving to assume you were exposed to the virus and to get tested. Officials say to make sure you isolate yourself until your results come back to protect those around you.
More states were added to the travel advisory on Monday. The following states have positivity rates of higher than 15%: Idaho (44.35%), South Dakota (41.36%), Iowa (40.26%), Kansas (38.10%), Wyoming (32.76%), Pennsylvania (27.11%), Alabama (27.10%), Oregon (26.96%), Oklahoma (20.20%), Arizona (19.95%), Utah (18.21%), Missouri (18.07%), Mississippi (17.60%), Montana (16.45%), Nevada (15.59%), Ohio (15.32%).
The governor announced the $40 million COVID-19 assistance fund for restaurants and bars affected by the recent shutdowns due to his executive orders started taking applications on Monday. You can find out if your business is eligible and apply here.
“Our team of application processors is working diligently on each claim. They have been training and preparing for weeks to make sure we can help as many people as possible, as quickly as possible,” said Gov. Beshear.
As of Sunday, 115 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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