During Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's Sept. 2 COVID-19 update, he confirmed that 18 additional Kentuckians had died from COVID-19.
"We've had 18 new deaths," Kentucky's governor said. "That means 36 deaths in the last three days that we're reporting. That happens when we have the number of cases we've had in Kentucky."
This brought the total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky to 966, with nine of those total deaths being "probable" and 957 of them being confirmed.
"It's very rare, even though I read the counties and the ages of those that we've lost," Gov. Beshear began. "It's very rare that I've got to read 18 of them in one day. So this is a harder day."
Beshear later expressed the pain felt from the 18 new COVID-19 deaths in the state, also speaking of a grim prediction.
"18 deaths today hurt," Gov. Beshear said. "And sadly, I think we're going to have a lot more days like today."
816 more Kentuckians were also confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of identified positive COVID-19 cases in the state to date to 49,991.
116 of the new positive cases that were reported on Wednesday were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 18 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 2-months-old.
The total number of Kentuckians tested for COVID-19 is now 894,808, showing a COVID-19 testing positivity rate of 4.71%, based on a 7-day rolling average.
So far, 10,463 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19, though Beshear made note of the thin line between recovery and long-term effects of COVID-19, as Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven J. Stack has previously detailed.
"We don't know when people 'fully recover'," said Beshear. "And so the word 'recovered' is something we're looking at right now. We're seeing even really health folks - athletes have difficulties persist even months after they're no longer infectious."
More information on COVID-19 in Kentucky can be viewed in the below document.