With a record-breaking number of new positive COVID-19 cases was reported in Kentucky on Thursday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear continued to stress the importance of the new COVID-19 restrictions he laid out on Wednesday.
Statewide in Kentucky on Thursday, 3,649 new positive cases of the virus were reported. The state is now reporting 148,390 total cases of the virus, after experiencing a 400% increase in positive cases over the past nine weeks.
With the high rate of COVID-19 spread throughout the Commonwealth, only eight counties are now in the COVID-19 Orange Zone on Kentucky's COVID-19 Incidence Rate Map, with the other 112 counties currently in the state's Red Zone.
"The whole state is on fire with COVID," said Gov. Beshear, referencing the high number of counties currently in the Red Zone. "And it takes all of us being a part of that bucket brigade and doing our part to put it out."
The Bluegrass State also saw its second-highest day of new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, after 30 more Kentuckian lives were lost to the virus - bringing the state's COVID-19 death toll to 1,742.
Gov. Beshear's new COVID-19 restrictions go into effect on Friday, Nov. 20, and are scheduled to last until at least Sunday, Dec. 13, with the Kentucky governor hopeful that the new restrictions on restaurants, bars, gatherings, and schools will help get the spread of the contagious virus throughout the state under control.
You can view the Kentucky Department for Public Health's full COVID-19 report for Thursday below.