Fourth highest daily number of new cases reported in Kentucky on Tuesday

Posted at 4:20 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 17:54:14-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Tuesday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 1,312 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky. The 1,312 new cases is the fourth highest number of daily new cases reported in Kentucky since the pandemic began and brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 89,544.

"Yesterday we had the highest Monday ever, today we have the highest Tuesday," Gov. Beshear said. "And it is the highest by 258 cases, it is not even close."

Of the 1,312 positive tests, 144 involve Kentuckians that are 18 or younger. There are currently 776 Kentuckians hospitalized due to coronavirus-related reasons, 202 of which are in the ICU and 96 which are on a ventilator.

Tuesday's positivity rate was 5.08 percent, making it the highest daily positivity rate since Aug. 25.

"We are seeing virtually all of our numbers escalating at the same time, which tells us that it is real and it tells us that it could surge in the way that is requiring us to make preparations as a state and should require all of us as citizens to double down on our efforts," Gov. Beshear said.

Gov. Beshear also announced 16 new coronavirus-related deaths, including a 96-year-old woman and a 97-year-old woman from Fayette County, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,342. At least 17,402 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.