Kentucky up to 21,605 COVID-19 cases, 653 total deaths

Posted at 4:12 PM, Jul 17, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced that there are 21,605 COVID-19 cases and 653 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.

Friday's results include 531 COVID-19 cases and eight new deaths.

The 531 cases from Friday are the third highest single-day increase in the state.

“So the world that we have these 531 cases from is a world that is at least 10 days old,” Gov. Beshear said. “That’s why we want everybody to wear a facial covering. Hopefully it means 14 days from now we see very different numbers that are much lower.”

May 5th still remains the highest single-day increase with 625 cases, with over 300 of those cases coming from prisons.

July 14th remains the second highest single-day increase with 576 cases.

There are also 10 children under the age of five who have tested positive, including three that are under a year old.

Gov. Beshear also said that there was a Kentucky football team that worked out in the weight room without wearing masks or social distancing themselves, which then led to 18 players, three coaches, and 15 family members testing positive for COVID-19.

"I'm not going to mention the school itself because it could be multiple different ones at a time but I also don't want people to feel punished for doing the testing and then actually taking the steps and learning about it to educate others," said Gov. Beshear.

"But it says that we need to be nervous right now about sports. If we wear masks, if we socially distance, and I think we have an opportunity to move forward with them."

Gov. Beshear began his press conference talking about the standing of his executive orders, after a ruling from a Circuit Court Judge in Northern Kentucky said the orders were unconstitutional and no longer would be enforced.