Kentucky has reported higher numbers of coronavirus cases. But the governor said Wednesday that his mask mandate appears to be stabilizing the outbreak after a surge hit the state earlier this month.
Andy Beshear reported 619 new virus cases statewide, up from 522 and 532 cases the previous two days. The state’s positivity rate rose after dropping the prior four days. That rate reflects the average number of tests coming back positive for COVID-19 The state also posted five more virus-related deaths, raising the death toll to 724 since the pandemic began.