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627 new cases of COVID-19, 12 deaths reported in Kentucky on Tuesday

Posted at 4:34 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 17:21:41-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Tuesday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that there are 627 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky. The 627 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 40,299.

Of the 627 new Kentuckians to test positive for COVID-19, 76 are 18 years old or younger.

Tuesday's positivity rate was 5.48%, slightly down from Monday's positivity rate, which was 5.8%.

"Our positivity rate is down a little bit, that is good, but still over that five (percent mark)," Gov. Beshear said. "It is really concerning, I believe that first we have to plateau, then we can get on that downward slope and then we will be in a much safer place to do things."

Gov. Beshear also announced counties where they are seeing a 10% positivity rate or higher. They include Jefferson, Warren, Hardin, Scott, Bullitt, Barren, Shelby, Fulton, Calloway, Bell, Knox, Henry, Spencer, Logan, Lewis, Clay, Hickman, Powell, Wayne and Green counties.

Gov. Beshear also announced 12 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 830.