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Kentucky reports 313 new COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Sep 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 15:34:44-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a press release Sunday that there are 313 new COVID-19 cases and three new coronavirus-related deaths in the State of Kentucky.

Forty-three of the newly reported cases were from children age 18 and younger, of which two were ages 5 and under. The youngest was just 27 days old.

“We’re seeing a dip in the number of new reported cases today, as we often do on weekends. Let’s remember that while we believe we’ve managed to hit a plateau in the growth of cases, what we really need is to have that number go down in a sustained way.”

Due to limited reporting on Sundays and the federal Labor Day holiday on Monday, some information will be delayed until Tuesday.

“Pleasant weather across Kentucky and a holiday weekend may result in more cases reported. We’ll know in two to three weeks,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

“It’s important to be resolute and learn from experience. Please don’t jam sidewalks, restaurants and bars with masks hanging below your chins. Don’t gather in groups larger than 10 and, if you see a larger crowd, stay away,” Dr. Stack said. “As the governor noted, cases are on the rise, and we have to do better. The choices Kentuckians make this weekend and every day will determine whether the phased reopening of our economy succeeds or fails. The choices Kentuckians make will also determine how many Kentuckians get hurt or die in the months ahead. With COVID-19 at its current elevated rates, the risk that any person we come into contact with is a carrier of the coronavirus is much higher.”

Dr. Stack encourages everyone to stay Healthy at Home whenever possible; wear a face covering whenever in public; remain at least six feet apart from anyone with whom you don’t live; and wash your hands often.