659 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky

Posted at 4:12 PM, Jul 30, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that there are 659 new COVID-19 cases and 7 new coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.

“Our cases are a little up from yesterday, but our positivity rate is down because we’ve had more tests,” said Gov. Beshear. “Once we get the virus under control, we have to keep it under control. We can’t stop. We can’t let up. Until we have that vaccine, we’ve got to do what it takes.”

22 of Thursday's cases are children under the age of 5.

To date, there have been 29,386 total COVID-19 cases and 731 total coronavirus-related deaths.

Today, Mark Carter, executive policy advisor at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, updated Kentuckians on contact tracing and tracking across the commonwealth, an effort that Carter leads.

There are now 631 contact tracers in Kentucky and 63 more will be added Aug. 4. In addition, there are 190 disease investigators, 54 regional team members and 11 social support connectors