Kentucky records new single-day high 1,163 COVID-19 cases

Posted at 4:13 PM, Aug 12, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky has set a new single-day record for reported COVID-19 cases in the state with 1,163.

"This includes numbers that we would've expected today as well as those that we had not gotten through because of the glitch that we talked about a couple of days before," said Gov. Beshear.

“Now, if there is good news in this, it is with the number of tests with the seven-day average, our positivity rate is actually down a little bit. But we need to get that much, much lower.”

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear said a software glitch impacted the amount of cases that were being reported, and that's why the number being reported Wednesday is high. There were only 275 cases reported Monday.

"Our original plan was to try and allocate those throughout a couple of days where we thought they would've come in and what we learned is that it wouldn't make a difference either way. I think [Tuesday] was going to be over 1,000 as well."

Thirty-nine of Wednesday's cases are children under the age of five, with the youngest being three-months-old.

Gov. Beshear also announced seven additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 790.

As of Wednesday, there have been at least 717,370 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.62%. At least 8,893 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.