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Governor Beshear reports 679 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, 8 new deaths

Posted at 4:45 PM, Aug 14, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — There are 679 new cases of COVID-19 in the state of Kentucky.

Governor Andy Beshear made the announcement during a Friday afternoon news conference. There have been 38,298 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky since the start of the pandemic.

There are 656 Kentuckians in the hospital for COVID-19; 147 are in the ICU, and 97 are on a ventilator. There is a 5.68% positivity rate in the state.

77 of the new cases involve those under the age of 18.

"In my core, I want to get our kids back in class, I want to get my kids back in class," said Gov. Beshear. "My job is to tell people when I don't believe it's safe even if it's unpopular, and even if it makes people call you names ... it is my job to make sure I do the very best I can for Kentuckians."

The governor also announced eight more people have died from COVID-19, all of which are women. They include:

  • 83-year-old woman from Jefferson County
  • 85-year-old woman from Bell County
  • 82-year-old woman from Franklin County
  • 92-year-old woman from Franklin County
  • 85-year-old woman from Casey County
  • 75-year-old woman from Hopkins County
  • 77-year-old woman from Lewis County
  • 63-year-old woman from Christian County