Beshear family remains in quarantine, state has highest Monday yet for new COVID cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) -The highest Monday total since the outbreak began is another warning the state is not close to getting control of the coronavirus escalation that has been under way since August, state leaders stressed Monday.

Gov. Andy Beshear continued his briefings Monday, even though he and his family are in the second day of quarantine at the Governor’s Mansion. He did the virtual briefing from a room there and was joined by Dr. Steven Stack, the state Public Health Commissioner, and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who were remote at other locations.

The governor and his family were exposed to state trooper in their guard detail whose coronavirus test came back positive Sunday. They are following CDC guidelines and quarantining at home with regular testing.

Beshear reported 643 new cases Monday, the highest Monday total ever. That came after 543 cases last Monday, 456 cases the Monday before that and 406 cases the Monday before that.

Of the new cases, 94 were in children under 18.

The positivity rate was 4.37 percent. And while it remains below 5 percent, some other key numbers are inching up. Of those, 672 people are now in the hospital, 180 are in ICU and 93 are on ventilators.

Of the new cases, 22 are in Laurel, 14 are in Madison, and 13 are in Knox.

Beshear reported three additional deaths, bringing the state’s total 1,255.

The deaths included one each in Fayette, Boyd and Grayson counties.

Stack said the high numbers have him concerned as the state’s top health official.

“We still are in an escalating situation…where we go from here is up, that means even more people in the hospital, in ICU, on ventilators,” he said, expressing concern over what that could mean to the state’s health care system.

Beshear said the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board was out doing enforcement at bars and restaurants during the weekend. That will continue, as will increased efforts by local health departments.

While he did not name any specific locations, he did say “citations and closure orders” were issued in some cases.

For additional 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. To see all recent daily reports, 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.

Coleman provided an update on the Team Kentucky Fund, which has handed out more than $1 million in assistance from private donations to people in need because of the coronavirus.

The money has gone to 1,308 households with an average of $781 each, she said.

Most of the money — $675,175 — has gone to rent and mortgage payments while $150,370 has helped buy food, $132,607 has paid electric bills, $43,338 has paid water bills and $20,975 has gone for other household fees and expenses.

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