Gov. Beshear reports 1,275 new cases, highest daily number reported so far

Posted at 4:52 PM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-03 21:15:45-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — There are 1,275 new cases reported on Saturday, which is now the highest daily number of newly reported COVID-19 cases.

"I know it's been a tough couple of days, seeing the President, the First Lady, U.S. Senators, Cam Newton and others test positive for COVID-19. But right here in the commonwealth, we now have 1,275 new cases announced today, meaning 1,275 Kentuckians have just tested positive," said Gov. Beshear. "This is our highest number of cases ever. This is the highest number of cases per week ever and we have one more day that will add to the count, and it shows that we have to do better."

There are at least 72,001 coronavirus cases in Kentucky. Of the newly reported cases, 166 were from children age 18 and younger, with 27 age five and younger. The youngest was just two months old.

"I need your help. We are seeing the coronavirus surging around the country. We are in another escalation here in Kentucky," Gov. Beshear said. "We have got to do what it takes to stop it, and that's all of us. No more being casual; time to be urgent. We are Team Kentucky. We can beat this. We will get through it and we will get through it together."
Eight new deaths were reported Saturday. The total of Kentuckians now lost to the virus is 1,205.

The deaths reported Saturday include a 66-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man from Christian County; a 75-year-old woman from Fayette County; two men, ages 80 and 89, from Jefferson County; two women, ages 76 and 86, from Lincoln County; and a 64-year-old woman from Mercer County.

As of Saturday, at least 1,520,236 tests had been administered. The COVID-19 testing positive rate is 4.74%. The number of Kentuckians who are known to have recovered was at least 12,121.