Highest number of deaths, third highest number of new cases reported in Kentucky on Tuesday

Posted at 4:22 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 18:10:31-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his Tuesday press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 2,931 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky, making it the third highest number of new cases reported in a day since the pandemic began and the highest number of cases reported in Kentucky on a Tuesday. After the removal of duplicates, the 2,931 new cases brings Kentucky's COVID-19 case total to 142,008.

"Just think about this, I said this is the third highest day, it is November 17. The highest day was November 14. The second highest day was November 13, and just four days later we are having our third highest day," Gov. Beshear noted.

Gov. Beshear also announced 33 new coronavirus-related deaths, making it the highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths reported since the pandemic began. It also brings Kentucky's coronavirus-related death total to 1,697.

As of Tuesday, 1,521 Kentuckians are hospitalized due to coronavirus-related reasons, 354 of which are in the ICU.

As number continue to rise, Gov. Beshear added that additional steps will be taken to curb the spread of the virus.

"Tomorrow we will be announcing new steps that we are going to take in the Commonwealth," Gov. Beshear said. "It is time to get conrol of this beast and I refuse to stand by and watch avoidable loss around us."