FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that there's 516 new COVID-19 cases and eight new coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky. Twelve of the cases are children under the age of 5, with the youngest being 10-months-old.
Overall, there have been 33,254 positive COVID-19 cases and 760 coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky.
From Monday through Thursday this week compared to Monday through Thursday last week, there have been 247 less cases total.
"What that means is, at least in overall numbers, we appear not to just be slowing but we hope stopping any escalation we've seen," said Gov. Beshear. "If these numbers continue, we have evidence that wearing that facial covering and wearing that mask is truly helping Kentucky in so many different ways."
Gov. Beshear also announced that the facial covering mandate will continue for another 30 days.
The Kentucky State Fair Board will be limiting this year's Kentucky State Fair to participants only.
To reduce a surge in COVID-19 cases, exhibits in Lot A, concerts, entertainment, and food vendors will not be featured in this year's fair.
Participants will be required to wear a facial covering.