778 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky

Posted at 4:17 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 16:17:35-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday in a press release that there are 778 new COVID-19 cases and four new coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.

23 of the newly reported cases were from children ages 5 and younger.

“Our positivity rate has decreased for the third straight day. But, we still have too many cases and we need to do everything we can to try to decrease those. We’re also seeing an increase of patients in the ICU,” said Gov. Beshear.

This brings the state totals to 30,151 COVID-19 cases and 731 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began.

The deaths reported Friday include a 75-year-old man from Fayette County; an 86-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 63-year-old man from Perry County; and an 80-year-old woman from Taylor County.

“Sadly, we are also reporting four new deaths,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky, we know what it takes. Let’s mask up.”

As of Friday, there have been at least 629,706 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.43%. At least 7,481 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.