1,457 new cases of COVID-19, 16 deaths reported in Kentucky on Friday

Posted at 5:05 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 17:05:15-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 1,457 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 1,457 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 93,748.

“This week has been a tough week, with three out of the five highest days for new COVID-19 cases,” said Gov. Beshear. “This virus is everywhere. It is in your community. We need every community doing what it takes to defeat it.”

Kentucky's positivity rate continues to rise, as Friday's positivity rate was 5.34 percent.

Gov. Beshear also announced 16 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,396.

Those reported lost to the virus today include a 69-year-old woman from Boyd County; two women, ages 77 and 84, from Daviess County; a 71-year-old woman from Fayette County; three women, ages 84, 101 and 102, and three men, ages 73, 76 and 84, from Jefferson County; a 64-year-old man from Knott County; an 87-year-old woman from Lee County; an 84-year-old woman from Leslie County; a 75-year-old woman from Logan County; an 86-year-old woman from Marshall County; and an 80-year-old man from Todd County.

There are currently 819 Kentuckians hospitalized due to coronavirus-related reasons, 209 of which are in the ICU and 97 which are on a ventilator.

At least 17,722 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.