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316 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky

Eight new cases were from children ages 5 and younger.
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Posted at 4:05 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 16:18:38-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a press release Sunday that there's 316 new COVID-19 cases and four new coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky. Eight new cases were from children ages 5 and younger.

Sunday's results bring the total number of COVID-19 cases to 27,079 and total coronavirus-related deaths to 700.

“Kentucky is in that spot now where if we don’t act, we will look a lot like states in the South that are facing devastating consequences,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thankfully today’s numbers are lower than what we’ve seen recently, but we know less testing comes in on Sundays.”

Earlier Sunday, Gov. Beshear met with White House Coronavirus Taskforce Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx to discuss the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear says he will make an announcement Monday that will include 'additional steps' to help slow down the spread of COVID-19.

The deaths reported Sunday include a 70-year-old woman from Harlan County; a 37-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman from Jefferson County; and a 76-year-old man from Ohio County.

“Last week was a difficult one in the United States and in Kentucky,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “Nationally, cases surpassed 4.1 million, and in our commonwealth, over 27,000 cases have now been reported. It seems like an eternity since we reported Kentucky’s first positive COVID-19 patient on March 6. Every day is important and the upcoming week will determine which additional measures will be needed to blunt the increase of COVID-19 in our commonwealth. Please avoid crowds, socially distance at least six feet and wear a face covering when in public. Together, Team Kentucky can beat COVID-19.”