FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The number of new coronavirus cases in Kentucky and the positivity rate both dipped slightly Thursday, but deaths again were in double digits.
During his daily briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear reported 628 new cases, bringing the total to 59,370, meaning the state will top the 60,000 threshold probably by Saturday.
Of the new cases, 76 are kids under 18, of which 14 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 2 months old.
Fayette, Madison and Laurel counties are among those in the state with double-digit new cases.
The positivity rate was 3.82 percent, the third straight decline and meaning it has remained below 4 percent for most of the last 12 days.
“Good news: We are still below 4% in our positivity rate at 3.82%. So again a couple of notes: It means that we have significant testing going on. It means our positivity rate is going down, which is a good thing,” said Beshear. “But remember, it’s not because we are testing folks that we do better, it’s because of our actions. It’s because of social distancing, it’s because of wearing a mask. We believe that mask mandate is working and without it our numbers and our positivity rate would go up.”
But the governor reported 11 deaths, raising the total to 1,093.
The deaths include a 70-year-old woman and a 78-year-old man from Daviess County; three men, ages 75, 83 and 93, from Fayette County; an 84-year-old man from Franklin County; a 76-year-old woman from Jackson County; an 82-year-old woman from Jefferson County; two women, ages 77 and 90, from Madison County; and an 83-year-old woman from Webster County.
“Seventy percent of Kentuckians are doing the right thing every day, but we want to raise it to 80 percent or 90 percent or more,” Beshear said of people wearing masks.
At colleges and secondary schools, the numbers sound high, but they aren’t given the number of students and Beshear has credited that with schools and colleges taking steps to prevent the spread of the disease.
Among K-12 schools, the state is reporting 337 active cases among students and 161 among staff with 355 schools having had at least one case associated with it at some point.
At colleges, 1,100 current cases are active among students and 49 among staff with 35 schools having had at least one associated case. Most of the cases are at UK.
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