State has another day over 1,000 new COVID cases, tops 70,000

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – For the third time this week, Kentucky had a day with more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases.

“The escalation here in Kentucky continues to get worse and we have to wear masks – all of us,” said Gov. Andy Beshear, reporting 1,39 cases. “This week is going to shatter last week’s record for number of cases. We have to do better.”

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Of the new cases, 151 were from children age 18 and younger, of which 33 were children age 5 and under. The youngest was only 5 days old.

The state also topped another milestone — 70,000 — with 70,727 cases since March 6.

“Folks, today’s news that the President and First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19 along with some of their advisors shows you that anybody can get this,” said Beshear. “We wish them the best and a speedy recovery, and this is an example of why we all have to be wearing masks. We all have to do our part.”

Unfortunately, Beshear reported six new deaths Friday, raising the total to 1,197 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The deaths include a 68-year-old man from Boyd County; a 69-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 74-year-old man from McCreary County; a 72-year-old man from Menifee County; a 60-year-old man from Oldham County; and a 70-year-old woman from Pulaski County.

“The situation is getting very dangerous in Kentucky. If you care about your economy, if you care about getting your kids into school, if you care about the lives of those around you, put on your mask,” said Beshear. “Socially distance; wash your hands; follow the rules. We’ve got to be Team Kentucky right now. We need your help and I know you’re going to come through.”

As of Friday, the state has confirmed 1,507,046 coronavirus tests. The positivity rate was 4.30%, up for the second straight day after slight declines earlier i the week.

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