Beshear Reports 2,398 More Positive COVID-19 Cases Throughout Kentucky

The Kentucky governor said that some of the positive COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday were "backlogged" cases from Fayette county.

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 3:47 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2020 12:57 PM

During Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's Wednesday COVID-19 update, nearly 2,400 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported throughout the Bluegrass State.

"Today's report includes both new cases and includes a significant effort to get through Fayette County's backlogged cases and get them up to date," said Gov. Beshear on Wednesday. "So I'm going to give you an overall number that is for today that is startlingly high, and then I'm gonna break it out into how many of them are truly 'today,' and how many of them are backlogged cases."

Beshear went on to report 2,398 new positive cases of COVID-19 throughout Kentucky. "Breaking those down, we're reporting 926 new cases today," he said.

Gov. Beshear went on to say that 358 of the new positive cases reported on Wednesday were within individuals 18-years-old and younger.

"Even without the backlogged cases, we're on pace, unfortunately, to have another record week for the most cases that we have had," Beshear said.

LINK: New COVID-19 Death in Henderson County

Following Wednesday's reported increase, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases identified throughout Kentucky so far rose to 76,587, Beshear said. The state's positivity rate remained at 4.21%.

On Tuesday, Gov. Beshear renewed Kentucky's statewide mask mandate for an additional 30 days, stressing the importance of mask-wearing in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

You can view Wednesday's full COVID-19 report from the Kentucky Department for Public Health below.

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