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Gov. Beshear to announce new enforcement after record-breaking COVID-19 case totals

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 10:30:12-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's been seven months since Kentucky recorded its first coronavirus case. Now, the state's COVID-19 positivity rate is rising.

Not only did the state see a new daily record in the last few days, it also saw the highest number of cases in one week since the pandemic started.

Here is a breakdown of the numbers:

  • Sept. 28: 456
  • Sept. 29: 1,018
  • Sept. 30: 1,004
  • Oct. 1: 910
  • Oct. 2: 1,039
  • Oct. 3: 1,275
  • Oct. 4: 616

That brought the weekly total to 6,318 new cases. Saturday marked a new daily record of coronavirus cases.

Gov. Andy Beshear said 76 of the newly reported cases were from children 18 years and younger. The youngest was just 5 months old. The governor also announced four more deaths Sunday, bringing the death total to 1,209.

With these record numbers, Beshear says Kentuckians have to do better at protecting themselves and others from the virus. The state is expected to take new measures to ensure that happens.

“Folks, everybody now. Everybody needs to be wearing a mask,” he said. “We're going to talk on Monday about how we're going to step up enforcement, because we see more and more people that are being checked out of businesses without wearing a mask. We've got to get back to enforcing these rules because 1,275 cases are going to results in a lot of death too.”

The new numbers bring the total number of cases in the state to at least 72,617.