Beshear Announces 1,163 New Cases of COVID-19
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - During his Wednesday update, Governor Andy Beshear announced 1,163 new cases of the virus. 

The large number of new cases was in part due to what Beshear called a glitch. The glitch prevented the new cases from being reported accurately several days before. 

"This includes both numbers that we would have expected today, as well as those that we had not gotten through because of the glitch."Beshear continued, "Our original plan was to allocate those over the last couple of days where we thought they would have come in, but we learned it wouldn't make a difference. Either we're going to have this number today or I think yesterday was going to be over 1,000 as well. The most accurate thing we can do, and the way that we've reported is that when they are processed by us they go onto our site."

Aside from the large number of new cases, Beshear did share that the overall positivity rate is down to 5.62 percent. 

There are currently 685 Kentuckians hospitalized due to the virus, with 143 of those in the ICU. A total of 717,370 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus, with 36,945 testing positive.

Beshear announced seven new deaths related to the virus. This includes a 73-year-old woman in Christian County. 

Additionally, he also announced that Kentucky's 15 Area Development Districts will have access to $6 million thanks to the CARES Act. The funds will be used to reimburse costs associated with their fight against COVID-19.

"Our Area Development Districts are critical parts of our local communities," said Gov. Beshear. "These funds come at a crucial time when we are looking for ways to strengthen our communities and thoughtfully provide new opportunities, while continuing to keep Kentuckians safe. I am confident their guidance and this funding will help our cities and counties develop recovery plans that will help us come out of COVID-19 stronger than before."

The funds will be split equally among all of the ADD's, providing each with approximately $392,000. The remaining 1 percent each year will cover administrative costs for the Department for Local Government.

You can see Beshear's full update below.

Published 03:29 PM, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020
Updated 08:49 AM, Thursday Aug. 13, 2020



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