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Week wraps up with record number of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky

Posted at 4:03 PM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 16:49:48-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Sunday, Governor Andy Beshear's office reported 1,462 new cases of COVID-19.

That brings this week's total to 9,335 positive cases, passing the previous high total of 7,675 from earlier this month.

Three new deaths were also reported, raising the death toll to 1,407.

There are currently 841 Kentuckians in the hospital battling COVID-19. 231 of those patients are in the ICU, and 106 are on a ventilator.

“We all know the steps we need to take to stop the spread of this virus – wear a facial covering, wash your hands, stay six feet apart and limit gatherings and travel – let’s all do these simple things to protect each other," said Governor Beshear.

The governor says on Monday, he'll be discussing new recommendations for counties that are currently in the red zone. That means a county has at least 25 average daily cases per 100,000 people.

According to the state's COVID-19 information source, Fayette County is in the orange zone with an average of 20.6 cases per 100,000.

At least a third of the state's counties are currently in the red zone, including:
- Lee County
- Owsley County
- Jackson County
- Laurel County
- Rockcastle County
- Garrard County
- Clay County
- Nicholas County
- Fleming County