Gov. Beshear: 797 New COVID-19 Cases Mark Second-Highest Daily Total

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In his Friday briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the second-highest daily total of new cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Kentucky.

“Today we are reporting, what I believe, is the second-highest number of new cases we have had since our first case on March 6, with 797 new cases of COVID-19. That brings our total number of cases to 29,931,” Beshear said.

Of those 797 new cases, 9 were reported from Madison County.

Beshear noted that, based on a rolling average, Friday’s positivity rate was over the 5% margin that the White House recognizes as a danger zone. He acknowledged the recent trend of growth in case numbers, saying that more recommendations will be forthcoming if the rise does not subside over the weekend.

“What it means is we are continuing to see an increase and a growth that we absolutely have to stop,” said Gov. Beshear. “And we’ll be watching these very carefully through the weekend and if we do not see the numbers come down, we going to have a series of recommendations and steps that we’ll need to take next week.”