On Tuesday, July 21, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that the Bluegrass State had seen its second-highest single-day increase of new positive COVID-19 cases to date.
Beshear announced 674 new positive cases of coronavirus throughout the state of Kentucky on Tuesday. According to Gov. Beshear, Tuesday's increase brought the state's number of identified coronavirus cases since the pandemic began to 24,060 in total.
Beshear said that of the 674 new positive cases confirmed on Tuesday, 22 of them were children under 5-years-old.
The Kentucky governor went on to announce three new COVID-19 deaths across the Bluegrass State. The deaths include a 95-year-old man in Shelby County, a 63-year-old man in Calloway County, and a 91-year-old female in Casey County.
549,208 total tests have currently been recorded across Kentucky, showing a statewide positivity rate of 4.37%.
Beshear went on to say that 532 patients are currently hospitalized in Kentucky and that 136 are currently in the Intensive Care Unit.
As of Tuesday, 6,927 Kentuckians have recovered from COVID-19.
In addition to his statewide mask mandate, Gov. Beshear has implemented several new directives in the Commonwealth's fight against the coronavirus.
On Monday, Beshear issued a new travel advisory and reduced the limits of social, non-commercial, mass gatherings, to a maximum of 10 or fewer people at one time.
Beshear's updated requirements on social gathering limitations does not apply to churches, weddings, restaurants, retail, or other public venues, he said during Tuesday's update.