Gov. Berrier reports 721 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths on Saturday

Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) – Governor Andy Beshear announced 721 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky on Saturday. There are now a total of 56,415 cases in the state. The positivity rate is 4.14%.

“Our positivity rate is down from yesterday, but we need to continue to bring that number down,” said Gov. Beshar.

Of the newly reported cases, 81 children were aged 18 and younger, of which 15 were five or younger. The youngest is 6 months from Warren County.

The governor reported 13 new deaths on Saturday. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in Kentucky to 1,057.

“We need you to continue wearing masks, stay away socially, and do what you can to defeat COVID-19,” Gov. Beshear said. “This thing is fatal and it is real, so let’s treat it like this.”

The deaths recorded on Saturday included an 89-year-old man from Beren County; An 83-year-old woman from Bell County; Two females, ages 80 and 83, and two males, both ages 81, from Jefferson County; 78-year-old woman from Logan County; A 59-year-old woman from Muhlenberg County; A 76-year-old woman from Simpson County; And three women, ages 62, 81 and 93, and a 72-year-old man from Warren County.

As of Saturday, at least 990,957 trials were conducted. The number of Kentucky recovered is at least 10,872.

Following a recent spike in new daily cases and a daily record for deaths recorded on Thursday, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, Drs. Steven Stack sees news related to the wait for a COVID-19 vaccine.

“As we wait for a vaccine, there’s one thing we can do. We can get a vaccination that already exists: the flu vaccine. Protecting ourselves from the flu is more important than ever. An influenza outbreak at the helm of the COVID-19 pandemic can be disastrous this fall and winter. The health care system, which Kentucky trusts, some might say is ‘twindemime.’

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