FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a press release that there are at least 55,704 cases in Kentucky, 948 of which were newly reported Friday. Of the 948 new Kentuckians to test positive for COVID-19, 151 are 18 or younger, of which 24 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was a 1-month-old from Jefferson County.
“This is the third highest number of positive cases we’ve ever had in a single day,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our positivity rate is also going up.”
Gov. Beshear also reported nine new deaths Friday, raising the total to 1,044 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
The deaths reported Friday include a 67-year-old woman from Barren County; an 85-year-old man from Christian County; a 62-year-old man from Hopkins County; an 82-year-old woman from Lincoln County; a 76-year-old woman from Marion County; a 58-year-old man from Oldham County; a 76-year-old man from Pulaski County; and two women, ages 78 and 82, from Todd County.
“Remember other people’s health and lives are on the line and we need you to do your part,” said Gov. Beshear. “Do your patriotic duty. Wear your mask. Social distance. So little is being asked of us in this crisis. It just takes a little bit to be a hero right now.”
As of Friday, there have been at least 960,430 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 4.70%. At least 10,822 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
Read the full report by the Kentucky Department for Public Health below: