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Kentucky reports 655 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 17:11:34-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that there are 655 new COVID-19 cases and 12 new coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.

“I don’t remember two days where we had this many deaths back-to-back, and it’s the result that we talked about earlier, that when you have 3,000 cases a week, the deaths follow a couple weeks after,” the Governor said. “We’re at that point now.”

Ninety-one (14 percent) of Wednesday's cases are kids 18-year-old or younger.

This brings Kentucky's totals to 40,926 COVID-19 cases and 842 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began.

As of Wednesday, there have been at least 785,138 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.41%. At least 9,331 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

A report released from the White House for the week of August 8-14 says 20 counties in the state of Kentucky are in the red zone with a positivity rate of 10 percent or higher.

Those counties include Jefferson, Warren, Hardin, Scott, Bullitt, Barren, Shelby, Calloway, Bell, Knox, Henry, Spencer, Logan, Fulton, Lewis, Clay, Hickman, Powell, Wayne, and Green.

*This is a developing story and more information will be added when it becomes available.