Second highest number of new cases of COVID-19 reported on Friday

797 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Kentucky on Friday
Posted at 4:07 PM, Jul 24, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Friday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 797 new cases of COVID-19, making it the second highest number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in a day in Kentucky. After the removal of duplicates, the 797 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 25,931.

"Our positivity rate today based on a rolling average is 5.28 percent," Gov. Beshear noted. "That is now over the 5 percent mark that the White House and others suggest is in a danger zone and where they begin to recommend that we start taking steps. Yesterday we were under that, today we are over it. We're going to want to see what happens in the next couple days."

There are currently 618 Kentuckians with COVID-19 that are hospitalized, 130 of which are in the ICU.

Seven new coronavirus-related deaths were announced on Friday, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 691.

Of the 797 new Kentuckians to test positive for COVID-19, 19 were children under five-years-old, with the youngest being a one month old girl in Laurel County.