Gov. Andy Beshear reports second-highest daily increase in new COVID-19 cases

Gov. Beshear discusses COVID-19 developments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky is “certainly in a time of escalating cases,” Gov. Andy Beshear said as he announced the second-highest number of new COVID-19 cases for one day.

576 new cases across the state were reported by the governor on Tuesday.

Kids younger than five-years-old make up nine of those new cases, the governor said.

“Today’s report shows we are certainly in a time of escalating cases. And our actions over these next 10 days to 14 days – really through the next 30 days that we have put this face-covering requirement out – are going to determine if we continue to be a leader, if we continue to be one of the best states in the country, or if we go the route of Arizona, which is now requesting giant freezer trucks because their morgues are being overrun,” the governor said. “It depends on our willingness to come together and do the right thing, and today should be just one more wake-up call that we’ve got to do it now.”

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky is now 20,223, according to Beshear.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown of total cases in Northern Kentucky, according to NKY Health:

  • Boone County - 697 cases
  • Campbell County - 326 cases
  • Grant County - 70 cases
  • Kenton County - 870 cases

“More cases result in more loss of life,” the governor state as he prepared to announce the latest COVID-19 deaths.

Six more Kentucky residents have died from the virus, Beshear said.

He said COVID-19 has now killed a total of 635 Kentuckians.

With the state’s 494,343 tests, Beshear said Kentucky’s positivity rate is now at 3.95%.

[The positivity rate is based on a seven-day rolling average, according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health.]

A coronavirus testing site is available from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday in Independence at 5006 Madison Pike.

For a full list of testing sites in Kentucky, click here.

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