Gov. Beshear reports 1,002 more coronavirus cases, 7 deaths


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – Kentucky’s governor has reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases and seven more virus-related deaths.

Gov. Andy Beshear warned Saturday that virus cases remain on a record-setting trajectory.

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He’s urging people to “buckle down” and do their part to contain the virus.

The 1,002 new cases reported Saturday increased total statewide cases to more than 79,400.

108 of the newly reported cases were from children 18 and younger, of which 18 were children ages five and under. The youngest were three children, all of whom were 3 months old.

Kentucky’s virus-related death toll rose to at least 1,249.

The deaths reported Saturday include a 60-year-old man from Hancock County; an 87-year-old man from Carter County; a 58-year-old woman from Harlan County; a 93-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man Union County; a 91-year-old woman from Daviess County; and an 80-year-old man from Hardin County.

Beshear continued urging people to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash hands frequently as ways to combat the virus’s spread.

As of Saturday, at least 1,650,148 tests had been administered.

The COVID-19 testing positive rate, based on a seven-day rolling average, taking into account total positive tests reported by laboratories divided by total tests reported by labs, stood at 4.16%.

The number of Kentuckians who are known to have recovered was at least 13,539.