Gov. Beshear Reports 1,163 New Positive Cases of COVID-19 Throughout Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported the highest one-day increase of new positive COVID-19 cases in Kentucky to date.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 3:41 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 10:22 PM

During Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's Wednesday COVID-19 update to the commonwealth, he reported the state's highest one-day increase in new positive COVID-19 cases to date.

"I believe today will be our single highest number of positive cases that we've had," said Beshear on Wednesday. "Today we're announcing 1,163 positive cases of COVID-19." 

The Kentucky governor attributed the high one-day increase of new positive cases to a glitch in reporting.

"This includes both numbers that we would have expected today, as well as those that we had not gotten through because of the glitch that we talked about a couple days before," said Beshear.

"Our original plan was to allocate those over the last couple of days where we thought they would have come in, and what we learned is it wouldn't make a difference," Gov. Beshear continued. "What we learned is it wouldn't make a difference - either we're gonna have this number today, or I think yesterday was going to be over 1,000 as well."

Beshear's report of 1,163 new positive cases on Wednesday brought Kentucky's number of identified COVID-19 cases to date to 36,945.

Kentucky also reported seven new COVID-19 deaths as of Wednesday, which brought the state's COVID-19 death toll to 790 total.

4,091 (11.07%) of Kentucky's COVID-19 positive individuals have been hospitalized to date, while 1,279 (3.46%) have been in the ICU with the virus.

Additionally, the Kentucky Department for Public Health says 8,892 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the virus so far - or 24.07%.

The total number of Kentucky residents tested for COVID-19 is now 711,370, showing a statewide positivity rate of 5.62%.

Gov. Beshear on Wednesday also announced additional CARES Act support to provide COVID-19 assistance in Kentucky's 15 Area Development Districts.

Beshear has taken multiple steps in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the state, such as temporarily closing bars and reducing indoor dining capacity at restaurants, in addition to making masks mandatory throughout the state for 30 days - an effort which he extended for an additional 30 days while also announcing cuts to the Kentucky State Fair.

You can view the full Aug. 12. report on coronavirus in Kentucky by clicking here.

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