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Gov. Beshear reports deadliest day, highest number of cases in one day

Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 3:55 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear reported the highest number of cases reported in one day and the deadliest day in Kentucky since the pandemic began.

You can watch his Tuesday update here:

The governor announced 4,151 new cases with 461 of those are children. This is the highest number of cases announced in a day. The positivity rate is at 9.59%.

“There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Today is the very worst day we have had for reporting on the spread of the coronavirus and it is the deadliest day that we have had,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is exponential growth. If we don’t all do our part, if we try to be the exception, then slowing down this thing won’t work and we will lose a lot more Kentuckians we love and care about.”

There are also 35 new deaths in Kentucky which is the deadliest day recorded so far.

Gov. Beshear said one of today’s new deaths was a 37-year-old man from the Lee Adjustment Center.

At least 183,168 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,943.

28,486 people have recovered from the virus and 2,816,183 Kentuckians have received tests.

The governor also reported a record-breaking amount of people currently in the hospital, in ICU and on ventilators. There are currently 1,777 in the hospital, 441 in the ICU and 241 on ventilators.

“COVID is spreading like wildfire, taking record numbers of people from us. infecting record numbers of people out there. That’s why we’re fighting back. That’s why we’re trying to be aggressive and not wait for it to overwhelm us, but to try to stem this third wave, just like we stopped the first two. To not surrender and accept, unacceptable fatalities,” said Beshear.

Gov. Beshear also discussed an ongoing outbreak at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, saying that one veteran who was previously listed as recovered from the virus, has died.

“That is a total of 31 veteran deaths from COVID-19 at THVC. It’s simply heartbreaking. We still have two active cases of COVID-19 in veterans at THVC,” said Gov. Beshear. “In addition, the veteran who became the first active case of COVID-19 at Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson has since died. We must do more as a community to protect these heroes.”

The governor also announced that the state is releasing an additional $50 million in CARES Act funding to reimburse city and county governments for expenditures related to COVID-19.

“Our local governments have been lifelines in our communities during the pandemic,” said Gov. Beshear. “When this $50 million is depleted, which we believe will be within the month, we will need more help from the federal government.”

Additionally, Mark Carter, a policy advisor from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, also updated Kentuckians on contact tracing efforts. He highlighted successes such as 215,000 daily check-ins with COVID-19-positive residents to monitor symptoms from over 1,600 contact tracing staff. Carter also announced that the cabinet has contacted more than 47,000 people identified as contacts who have potentially been exposed to the virus.

However, Carter also emphasized the need for greater public cooperation.

“The public health strategy for contact tracing depended on broad public participation – cooperating with the local health departments when a tracer calls, wearing masks, social distancing and testing,” Carter said. “We simply haven’t had enough participation from the public and the resulting surge has overwhelmed contact tracing capacity.

Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 12/1
Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 12/1(WYMT)

As of Tuesday, 114 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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