More than 50,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Kentucky since the pandemic began

Posted at 4:20 PM, Sep 03, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — More than 50,000 Kentuckians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

During his Thursday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that there are 906 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, bringing the state's COVID-19 case total to 50,885.

Of the 906 new Kentuckians to test positive, 124 are 18 or younger.

Despite the high number of cases, Kentucky's positivity rate went down.

"Our positivity rate has actually gone down since yesterday because we had a significant amount of tests come in," Gov. Beshear said. "And that is good, we want that rate under five, we really want it under four, and if we can, push it down even further. But we definitely want less overall cases too."

Gov. Beshear also announced ten new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 976. Thursday marks the second day in a row that double-digit coronavirus-related deaths have been reported, as 18 coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Wednesdsay.

"This week is going to probably be the single largest week we've had for losing Kentuckians," Gov. Beshear noted.