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Sunday update: Governor Beshear reports 390 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky

Posted at 4:15 PM, Aug 16, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — There are 390 new cases of COVID-19 in the state of Kentucky.

There have been 39,315 reported cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky since the start of the pandemic.

The governor also announced three more people have died from COVID-19. The death toll due to the virus is now at 813 in Kentucky.

13 of the newly reported cases are children age 5 and younger.

There's no update on the positivity rate, but there will be an updated number on Monday. On Saturday, the rate was at 5.45%

“The total number of new COVID-19 cases has increased this week which shows the disease is still very active in Kentucky, but on a positive note it appears that Kentuckians have stopped the exponential growth of the virus,” Gov. Beshear said. “Team Kentucky has again shown that if we socially distance, wear masks and wash our hands, we have a better chance of continuing to reopen our economy safely and get more Kentuckians back to school and work.”

The three people who died after contracting COVID-19 were all women. They include:

  • 67-year-old woman from Fayette County
  • 73-year-old woman from Perry County
  • 91-year-old woman from Franklin County

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health, reports that Kentucky's mortality rate is lower than the national rate. But it's important to come together to continue saving as many lives as we can.

“In Kentucky, the mortality rate is 2.1% compared to 3.2% nationally,” said Dr. Stack. “This success is a combination of accomplishments including keeping COVID-19 from spreading out of control, excellent health care and more widespread testing than many other states.”