FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - The total number of coronavirus cases in Kentucky has surpassed 1,000 as Governor Andy Beshear announced 54 new cases on Monday.
To date, the Bluegrass State has confirmed a total of 1,008 coronavirus cases, the governor said.
Of those total cases, four counties in Northern Kentucky account for 141 of them, according to NKY Health:
- Kenton County - 70 cases
- Campbell County - 35 cases
- Boone County - 31 cases
- Grant County - 5 cases
After Gov. Beshear announced the number of new cases, he delivered even more difficult news.
“Fourteen is hard,” the governor said as he confirmed the number of new coronavirus related deaths in Kentucky.
With these 14 new deaths, Kentucky’s total is now at 59.
As for testing, Governor Beshear said 19,955 tests have been conducted so far, which is up more than 1,000 from Sunday.
While the governor said they think testing has been extremely accurate, Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack wanted to shut down a common misconception.
Just because a test comes back negative doesn’t mean you don’t have the coronavirus, according to Dr. Stack.
During his Monday news conference, Governor Beshear made a key point regarding the numbers we’re seeing with testing, cases, and most importantly deaths.
The governor said we cannot let these numbers become “numb” to us.
We might be getting used to and expecting these numbers to increase day after day, but as Gov. Beshear explained, we cannot let this become the new normal.
Governor Beshear reiterated that it is up to each and everyone one us to do our part to stop the coronavirus spread.