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Sunday COVID-19 update: 1,177 new cases, 4 deaths

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 23:08:59-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Sunday, Governor Andy Beshear reported 1,177 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky.

The positivity rate is now up to 7.24%, which is higher than Saturday's rate of 7.17%.

“This virus is spreading in communities in every corner of the commonwealth, and everyone, from our businesses and schools to individuals, must do their part to stop the spread and save lives,” Gov. Beshear said. “Without each of us doing our part, the rampant spread will continue to take more Kentuckians. Let’s come together as Team Kentucky to defeat this virus.”

Four more Kentuckians have died after contracting the virus. The death toll due to the pandemic is 1,565.

1,102 patients are currently hospitalized in Kentucky. 279 of those patients are in the ICU, and 148 are using a ventilator.

“Remember that the very basics of COVID are the more we have contact with each other, the more transmission we’re going to see. So please avoid social gatherings, maintain a social distance of at least six feet, wear a mask and wash your hands thoroughly. Now is not the time to let your guard down. We must maintain our vigilance," said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.