State: Jump in coronavirus cases a ‘serious concern’

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)Coronavirus cases jumped Tuesday, prompting some “serious concern” to arise, state officials said.

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 371 new cases, pushing the state total to 17,519 since early March. The number begins to push the threshholds that get the state health officials concerned.

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“Today is a tough day in our fight against the coronavirus. While we’ve long noted that case numbers fluctuate due to differences in reporting and that weekends often see lower tallies that sometimes catch up during the week, today’s numbers are cause for serious concern,” the governor said.

“We have worked too long and hard, and sacrificed too much, to squander the gains we have made in this fight. However, the only way to secure our safety is to recommit ourselves to doing what we all know is required of us: washing our hands frequently, staying at least six feet from others, avoiding crowds, getting tested frequently and cooperating with contact tracers if they call with information.

“This remains a very serious global health challenge. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, said only yesterday that we are still knee-deep in the first wave of coronavirus infections here in the U.S. The number of positive cases has been rising across the nation. Although eventually there will be a vaccine, we need to be mindful that it will not be perfected or ready to distribute anytime soon. We therefore must remain vigilant to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Beshear added.

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported nine new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 602 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The deaths reported Tuesday include a 78-year-old man from Jefferson County; a 52-year-old man from Kenton County; two women, ages 86 and 96, and two men, ages 85 and 95, from Knox County; a 70-year-old woman from Logan County; a 64-year-old woman from Mason County; and a 62-year-old man from Monroe County.

As of Tuesday, at least 445,196 coronavirus tests have been performed and at least 4,841 Kentuckians have recovered.

For information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.