619 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jul 29, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that there are 619 new cases of COVID-19 and five new coronavirus-related deaths.

17 of Wednesday's 619 cases are children under the age of five, with the youngest being 4-months-old.

To date, there has been 28,727 COVID-19 cases and 724 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.

On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he has shifted his concern to Midwestern states for surges of COVID-19, including Kentucky as one of those states.

"Our job right now is to make sure that we don't see an increase like we see in Oklahoma and certainly the same way as Florida," said Gov. Beshear. "Right now the story in Kentucky is so good that there is only one only one state, of the southern states, that is below us on the graph."

Gov. Beshear was referring to a graph of states that have seen a spike in COVID-19 after having a somewhat flattened curve. Kentucky is currently in that somewhat flattened curve even though numbers have increased over the last month.

In state prisons, there are 53 active staff members and 379 inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 including 8 coronavirus-related deaths. Nine additional inmates are currently hospitalized.

To date, 432 inmates and 69 staff members have recovered.

KCIW Institute for Women has reported 31 staff members and 236 inmates who have tested positive.

The Kentucky State Reformatory has reported 18 staff members and 190 inmates who have tested positive with four deaths.