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COVID-19: 291 New Cases in Ky.; Positivity Rate at 4.34%

Kentucky saw an additional 291 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, including fifty-two involving children aged eighteen and under.

“We’re seeing a dip in the number of newly reported cases today, as we often do on weekends,” Governor Andy Beshear said in his daily update. “Unfortunately we’ve set back-to-back records in the number of new coronavirus cases in just the last two weeks. We have to do better.”

No additional deaths were reported.

“I’ll take any day we’re not announcing new deaths, but we know this is only due to less reporting because of the long holiday weekend,” the governor said. “We’ve lost nearly 1,000 of our fellow Kentuckians to this deadly virus. When we see rising cases like the last couple weeks, we know more deaths follow cases by a couple weeks. Let’s recommit to seeing fewer cases and deaths here.”

Due to limited reporting on Sundays and today’s federal Labor Day holiday, some information will be delayed until Tuesday, a news release said.

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health, praised Kentuckians for their commitment to blunting further spread of the coronavirus.

“Citizens of our commonwealth are demonstrating this concern for others by wearing face coverings when going out in public, keeping a social distance of at least six feet and thorough hand-washing,” Stack said. “What troubles me is what we might see in two or three weeks and beyond if people don’t follow guidance, including limiting crowds to 10 people or under and congregating less frequently.”

Stack referred to a report provided each week from the White House to each state and territory. The Aug. 30 document identified 14 “red” counties, where the highest number of new cases were observed. (The report, usually posted on Mondays, is delayed this week until Tuesday due to Labor Day).

No Northern Kentucky county was counted as red, though Kenton and Boone were listed as yellow.

“We need to look at the 106 other counties as ‘smoldering,’” Stack said. “Just because we don’t live, work or visit a red county doesn’t mean we can let our guard down. All it takes is one event that brings a lot of people together to cause an outbreak and become a ‘red’ county. COVID-19 has a spectrum of impacts ranging from the inconvenience of quarantine to more severe consequences such as prolonged illness for many, hospitalization for some and death for the most vulnerable.”

As of Monday, at least 927,819 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 4.34%.

The number of Kentuckians who are known to have recovered was at least 10,648.

-Staff report

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