Kentucky records its largest number of single-day COVID-19 cases with 979

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 19, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced the highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases in the state of Kentucky.

Sunday's results include 979 new cases and three new deaths. There's also 30 positive cases that include children five-years-old or younger.

49 of the 979 cases are from Fayette County. Jefferson County had more than 200 new positive cases.

“We typically have limited reporting on Sunday which makes today’s record-setting number of positives particularly alarming,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “In the interest of accuracy, we are going to reach out and confirm results with some of the major labs. Even so, this surge in positive cases is a shocking wake-up call. Kentucky has flattened the curve before and it must act immediately and decisively to flatten it again. Please, wear your mask and socially distance.”

“This ought to be a wake-up call for everybody. This is a rough day for the commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thirty children under five who have tested positive. Thirty families whose parents and caregivers are hurting more than anything we can imagine.”

Governor Beshear announced that he will have a briefing every day this week at 4:00. You can watch his updates on LEX 18 News,, LEX 18 Facebook page, and OTT (Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.)

Overall, Kentucky has seen 23,161 COVID-19 cases and 670 coronavirus-related deaths.