9-month-old girl on Kentucky’s COVID death report

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday the death of an infant who tested positive for COVID-19.

Beshear said the infant was a 9-month-old girl from Hopkins County, Kentucky.

COVID-19 was likely not the primary cause of the baby’s death, the governor said, but could have been a contributing factor.

Kentucky Health Commissioner Steven Stack, MD, said without COVID-19, the infant’s cause of death likely would have been listed as SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome.

Reporting the infant’s death with the state’s coronavirus mortality figures falls in line with how the state has reported COVID-19 deaths throughout the pandemic.

Stack reinforced that the virus has not proven overly dangerous among young people, notwithstanding the inflammatory syndrome that’s similar to Kawasaki disease.

“I encourage parents not to worry overly,” Stack said.

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Kentucky has 265 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 10,410 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Beshear said the number of new cases is “up,” and that he is watching the state’s case numbers carefully, but that overall case numbers are staying in a given range and that day-to-day fluctuations could be attributable to more testing.

The state is now halfway through testing all residents of long-term care facilities, he added.

Some 488 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized with the virus and 68 are in the ICU.

The number of Kentuckians in the ICU is among the lowest numbers the state has seen since March, Beshear said.

Eight new deaths were reported Wednesday for a total death count of 450, of which 253 come from extended-care facilities.

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