Beshear's Weekend COVID-19 Update
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - Governor Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state's continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

"We've made it to August, and while I know we all hoped months ago when this pandemic first arrived in Kentucky that we'd be closer to a decisive victory, we remain at war with the coronavirus," the Governor said. "We need everyone in this fight, to save lives, to save our economy and to help get our kids back in school. I know we have what it takes and that we'll do what it takes, because we care about one another."

Beshear said there were at least 31,185 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 463 of which were newly reported Sunday. Eleven of the newly reported cases were from children age 5 and younger.

"We appear to be seeing what we all hope is a plateau in the alarming growth of coronavirus cases in the commonwealth," the Governor said. "It shows that wearing a mask, social distancing and not traveling to virus hot spots is working. We need to see this trend continue to avoid having to make more hard choices and sacrifices."

He reported two new deaths Sunday, raising the total to 742 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The deaths reported Sunday include a 56-year-old man from Oldham County and a 70-year-old woman from Muhlenberg County.

"This is a pivotal time for Kentuckians. Tomorrow, we begin a new week in a new month, a month in which we will implement Healthy At School guidelines as students and teachers return to classrooms," said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Department for Public Health.

"I'm cautiously optimistic we have blunted our steep COVID-19 escalation with the mask requirement, restriction of gatherings to 10 or fewer people, bar closings and restaurant capacity restrictions. This is a prolonged challenge, though," Stack said. "As we continue to fight COVID-19 with personal choices that include responsible decisions about travel, crowd sizes, thorough and frequent hand-washing and wearing face masks, there's still a need to keep other public health considerations in mind, conditions that don't care that there's a global pandemic going on."

SATURDAY UPDATE, August 1, 2020:

Governor Andy Beshear on Saturday gave an update on the state's continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

As of 4:00 pm August 1st, Beshear said there were at least 30,723 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 572 of which were newly reported Saturday.

Eleven of the newly reported cases were from children age 3 and younger.

"Our positivity rate is again lower today than it was yesterday. Facial coverings work. They are our best chance of saving lives and protecting the health of our people, ensuring our economy can stay open, and getting our kids back in school," said the Governor.

He reported 5 new deaths Saturday, raising the total to 740 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

"That's five families that are going to be suffering during this time," said Beshear.

The deaths reported Saturday include 55-, 61- and 67-year-old men from Oldham County, an 81-year-old man from Jefferson County, and an 84-year-old woman from Simpson County.

"We're nearly five months into this global pandemic reaching Kentucky, but the last few weeks we saw a big growth in the number of positive COVID-19 cases," said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. "This past week, Governor Beshear reminded us that if we have plans to travel to a state where the rate of positive cases is 15% or higher, we need to change these plans. If someone travels to one of those states anyway, then when they return to Kentucky they should self-quarantine for 14 days."

Kentuckians who remain in state can't let down their guard either, Dr. Stack said.

"Gatherings should be limited to 10 or fewer guests, especially informal ones going on in backyards, parks, lakes and similar settings," Stack added. "The commonly more personal, informal social behavior in these situations is a big risk. If you and your guests are not keeping at least a six-foot social distance and if you're not wearing masks, this spreads the disease. It places the people you care about most at risk and it endangers others if they spread the disease throughout the community." He cautioned saying, "I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but a big part of this is about the decisions made and behaviors practiced by every one of us as individuals. Public gatherings and social activities can be tinderboxes for COVID-19 transmission. Until we get a vaccine or cure to neutralize this threat, we all must continue practicing social distancing and wearing masks."

As of Saturday, there have been at least 638,772 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.22%. At least 8,135 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Published 03:05 PM, Sunday Aug. 02, 2020
Updated 07:15 PM, Monday Aug. 03, 2020



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