Largest number of new cases of COVID-19 on a Monday reported in Kentucky

Posted at 4:19 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 16:56:02-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 647 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky on Monday, bringing the state's COVID-19 case total to 88,247.

"This is the largest Monday we've ever had," Gov. Beshear noted. "Mondays are always lower than other days because of not all labs being open or reporting on the weekends. This is a very high number for a Monday."

Of the 647 new cases, 81 include Kentuckians that are 18 or younger. Monday's positivity rate was 4.97 percent.

"We have been under five (percent) for a long time, but even that is moving in the wrong direction," Gov. Beshear said of the positivity rate.

Gov. Beshear also reported nine new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,326.

As of Monday, 764 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 190 are in the ICU, and 89 are on ventilators. At least 17,229 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.