FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a press release Sunday that there are 462 new COVID-19 cases and nine new coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.
That raises the total number of cases to at least 48,032 since the pandemic began in Kentucky.
After the deaths of nine more Kentuckians, the death toll is now at 930.
Governor Beshear says of the 462 new cases, 79 of them are children 18 years old and younger. The youngest is two months old.
He said this past week had the highest number of newly reported cases, and is encouraging Kentuckians to stay strong against the pandemic.
“We have to bring it every week, because this virus is going to continue to take people we love. So, Mask Up Kentucky. Let’s beat COVID-19," said Gov. Beshear.
We are also approaching Derby Week and Labor Day weekend. Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack have warned that big gatherings at holidays can spur a spreading of the virus.
“What might be considered in Kentucky a ‘trifecta of holidays’ begins this coming Friday,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “Enjoy watching the fillies on Oaks Day this Friday. Watch the Kentucky Derby, the 146th Run for the Roses, on Saturday. And, enjoy the entire Labor Day weekend. Just do it in ways that keep you and others safe. Stay Healthy at Home as much as you can. When you go out in public, please practice social distancing, wear a mask whenever you are near others, and wash your hands often. If we all do these things, we have a much better chance for safer, healthier fall and winter holidays with family and friends. These changes to our routines make an immense difference and save lives. Together, Team Kentucky can get through this.