1,319 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Kentucky on Friday

Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 17:04:10-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 1,319 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 1,319 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 85,506. Friday marks the third straight day that over 1,000 new cases were reported, as 1,346 new cases were reported on Wednesday and 1,260 new cases were reported on Thursday.

Of the 1,319 new cases, 189 involved children up through age 18, of which 36 were children 5 and under. The youngest was only 7 days old.

“Another piece of unfortunate news: We have a COVID-19 outbreak at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex," Gov. Beshear noted. "We’ve had 17 inmates and two staff test positive. We will be testing the entire facility, and we will be using the protocols that we first used at Green River to successfully stop an outbreak that had occurred there.”

Four new coronavirus-related deaths were also reported, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,300.

“My faith tells me I have to treat my neighbor as myself, and that means I have to protect my neighbor, whether I know them or not,” said Gov. Beshear. “My rights stop where they could be harmed. Let’s do the right thing and let’s follow our values.”

The deaths reported Friday include a 77-year-old woman from Adair County; a 51-year-old man from Bullitt County; and two women, ages 86 and 94, from Madison County.

As of Friday, there have been at least 1,773,349 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was 4.70%, and at least 17,018 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.