FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday in a press release that there are 801 new COVID-19 cases and eight new coronavirus-related deaths in Kentucky.
That brings the state total to 34,178 positive cases. 772 Kentuckians have died after contracting COVID-19.
Governor Beshear says out of the 801 newly reported cases, 29 are children age 5 and younger.
The deaths include:
- 64 year-old woman from Fulton County
- 56 year-old woman from Kenton County
- 68 year-old man from Bell County
- 93 year-old man from Christian County
- 97 year-old woman from Christian County
- 66 year-old woman from Pulaski County
- 82 year-old woman from Clinton County
- 73 year-old woman from Muhlenberg County
As of 4 p.m. Aug. 8, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 34,578 #COVID19 cases in Kentucky, 801 of which were newly reported Saturday. https://t.co/RRSyYGfyvt https://t.co/2jqPNP2KuJ— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) August 8, 2020
Governor Beshear's office reports there have been at least 690,942 tests administered in Kentucky, as of Saturday. The positivity rate is now at 6.02%.
“Folks, we need your help. This is the time where we need to buckle down and do what it takes to get this virus under control. Please stay safe and take this seriously,” said Gov. Beshear.
The commissioner of the Department for Public Health, Dr. Steven Stack, says we are not powerless in the fight against COVID-19.
“We have shown repeatedly that our individual actions will determine our future. Will you continue to wear a face covering? Are you keeping at least six feet distance between yourself and others? Are you washing your hands frequently? And, if you receive a call from a contact tracer, will you answer? If each of us answers ‘Yes!’ through our actions, we can keep Kentuckians safe and keep Kentucky open. Together, Team Kentucky can contain the coronavirus.”
On Monday, the governor is expected to have additional guidance for Kentucky’s bars and restaurants.