Labor Day likely behind state’s low coronavirus numbers

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Labor Day holiday likely had a major impact on Kentucky’s new coronavirus cases, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday in his daily briefing.

The state confirmed just 273 new cases with only 1,393 new texts, a seventh or less than a normal day.

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The 273 new cases pushed the state’s total to 53,319. And for the first time in weeks, the positivity rate dropped below 4 percent to 3.91 percent.

“We hope we can sustain that rate below 4 percent as we go through the week and all the data starts catching up,” Beshear said.

Some area counties are among those with the biggest number of new cases, including 59 in Fayette, 13 in Madison and 11 in Marshall. The state has 510 people in the hospital with coronavirus-related symptoms with 130 in ICU and 74 on ventilators.

The state reported one additional death, pushing the state to ever closer to the 1,000 mark at 997.

The governor said he still thinks schools will be able to go to in-person classes on Sept. 28, but some of those decisions could be determined by what the coronavirus is doing in individual counties.

But he said coming off the single-highest week for cases and deaths, plus a holiday weekend, could push the state in the wrong direction if the public continues to move toward complacency.

“We have to keep wearing masks, we have to do it more, not less,” he said.

“I think it’ll be the end of this week before we can bring all the numbers together,” he said at another point.

“I suspect we’ll have some tough numbers Wednesday or Thursday.”

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.

Information about COVID-19 and schools is also being made available. To view the reports, click here for K-12 and here for colleges and universities.