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State crosses 600,000 COVID-19 cases as Governor Andy Beshear holds COVID-19 update

Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 4:02 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his first COVID-19 update following the long Labor Day weekend, including a record number of new cases in one week, with more than 30,500 cases reported from August 30 through September 5.

You can watch this news conference below.

During this conference, the Governor announced there were 13,005 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday through Tuesday, as well as 60 deaths.

“We continue to see more cases than is safe by any means,” said Gov. Beshear. “The bad news is we had the worst week ever last week. Our hospitals continue to be pushed to the brink. If we have one bad week, we can very quickly run out of ICU beds.”

The state now has 605,468 recorded cases of the virus, and 7,905 total deaths.

2,356 of those cases were from Tuesday, along with five of the deaths.

582 of those new cases were children 18 and younger. 2,353 Kentuckians remain hospitalized. 661 people remain in the ICU, with 433 on a ventilator. The state’s positivity rate went rose to 13.74%.

The governor also announced the arrival of a National Disaster Medical System team to St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.

“The assistance of the assignment of the Kentucky National Guard, the request from the Governor for the HHS-DMAT team and the additional assistance from the nurses from the Galen College of Nursing students have been a godsend,” said Donald Lloyd II, president and chief executive officer of St. Claire.

Gov. Beshear also announced a new testing center opening up in Pineville.

Beginning Wednesday, September 8, drive-thru testing through Gravity Diagnostics will be available from Tuesday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 302 South Walnut Street in Pineville.

As of Tuesday, 119 counties across the state are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map. Perry County now leads the state with an incidence rate of 223.0 per 100,000 people. The one county in the state not in the red zone is Clinton County.

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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