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Gov. Beshear reports 1,487 COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 3:42 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided a virtual update on COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear reported 1,487 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 90,996 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 4.99 percent positivity rate. Of Wednesday’s new cases, 186 are in kids 18 or younger.

There were 21 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday. The state death total is now 1,363.

The deaths reported Wednesday include an 81-year-old man from Adair County; a 65-year-old woman from Boyd County; a 91-year-old woman from Christian County; a 69-year-old man from Clark County; a 52-year-old man from Clinton County; a 74-year-old woman from Daviess County; an 84-year-old Kentuckian (gender unknown), two women, ages 84 and 89, and two men, ages 84 and 93, from Henderson County; four women, ages 70, 82, 85 and 86, and two men, ages 63 and 83, from Jefferson County; two women, ages 42 and 77, from Madison County; a 76-year-old woman from Marion County; and a 57-year-old man from Todd County.

As of Wednesday, 794 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 203 are in the ICU, and 94 are on ventilators. At least 17,534 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Wednesday’s report of new cases and deaths are both the second-highest since the pandemic started in March.

The governor also announced an update on evictions. In August, the governor directed $15 million in federal CARES Act dollars to support the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund.

“We estimate we will utilize most of the CARES funds allocated to this program assisting Kentuckians who have submitted the 3,709 completed applications. This includes projected assistance for 1 or 2 months of future rent,” said Gov. Beshear. “Therefore, we will be closing the application portal at teamkyhherf.ky.gov. Should other CARES Act or future stimulus funds become available, we may well begin taking applications again.”

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