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Kentucky Sees Second Highest Single-Day Number Of COVID-19 Cases

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On Saturday, Governor Andy Beshear announced that 836 Kentuckians have tested positive for the Coronavirus, bringing the state's total to 26,764. The positivity rate is the highest to date at 5.41%. Beshear said “Today’s numbers continue a concerning increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in our commonwealth. We expect to take additional steps next week if the case numbers don’t stabilize.”

The Governor also reported five more COVID-19 related deaths which include a 79-year-old man from Casey County; an 80-year-old man from Christian County; two women, ages 68 and 93, from Fayette County; and a 66-year-old man from Ohio County. Kentucky's death toll is now at 696. 

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health said “Our personal choices, right now and every day, will directly determine Kentucky’s situation in early August. Small acts of kindness and personal sacrifice will make a big difference. We can choose to delay a party or picnic. We can shop for groceries or go to the pharmacy when it’s less crowded. We can opt for an online or drive-up worship service. We can wear a face mask. Every one of us has a role to play in determining Team Kentucky’s future.”

At least 7,421 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.