258 new COVID-19 cases in KY, 1 new death

Posted at 4:13 PM, Jul 20, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear has announced 258 new positive COVID-19 cases and 1 new coronavirus-related death in the state of Kentucky.

He described Monday's low numbers to numerous labs being closed on Sunday's and that he expects the numbers to increase again as the week continues.

Sunday was the highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases in the state of Kentucky with 979.

The state has put out a Travel Advisory for Kentuckians, saying that whoever travels to a state that is reporting a positive testing rate equal to or greater than 15-percent should quarantine for 14 days.

Those states include Alabama, California, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, and Idaho. Mississippi is currently reporting a 14.82-percent positivity rate.

Starting Monday, Gov. Beshear is recommending that social gatherings should be reduced to 10, as opposed to the 50 it has been for the last few weeks.

This does not include bars, restaurants or businesses.

Gov. Beshear also talked about some of the suggestions the White House has for states to attempt to slow down the spread.

Those suggestions include the continuance of wearing facial coverings, reduce restaurant capacity to 25-percent, and close bars.

"I feel for a number of our owners," said Gov. Beshear. "To our restaurants, please encourage the mask wearing, please encourage people when they're not at your restaurant to be doing the right things."

There have now been 23,414 COVID-19 cases and 671 coronavirus-related deaths.