FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his Tuesday press conference that there are 576 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky and that the state's total is now at 20,223. The 576 new cases are the second most new cases reported in Kentucky in a single day since the pandemic began.
"Today's report shows that we are certainly in a time of escalating cases," Gov. Beshear said. "Our actions over these next 10 to 14 days, really through that 30-day (period) that we have put this face covering requirement out, are going to determine whether we continue to be a leader, we continue to be one of the best states in the country, or we go the route of Arizona, which reports thousands of cases daily, and they are now requesting those giant freezer trucks because their morgues are being overrun. It is something I never want to have to do here in Kentucky, and it all depends on our willingness to come together and do the right thing. I think today ought to be one more wake up call that we have to do it now."
Of the 576 new Kentuckians to test positive for COVID-19, nine were under the age of five years old.
Gov. Beshear also announced six new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 635.