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Kentucky reports 785 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 17:13:15-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a press release Friday that there are 785 new COVID-19 cases and eight new coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky. Seventeen of the newly reported cases were from children ages 5 and younger.

“Ninety-seven of today’s cases are kids under 18,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve got to protect all of our children.”

The deaths reported Friday include a 49-year-old man from Clark County; a 92-year-old woman from Green County; a 92-year-old woman and a 71-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 78-year-old man from Lewis County; a 56-year-old man from Madison County; a 77-year-old woman from Montgomery County; and a 63-year-old woman from Taylor County.

“It’s going to be a hard month. Let’s make sure we don’t do things that are going to spread this virus because ultimately, they do take a real human toll,” said Gov. Beshear.

As of Friday, there have been at least 803,198 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.18%, unchanged from yesterday. At least 9,448 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

To date, there have been 42,265 COVID-19 cases and 864 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.