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Gov. Beshear reports 2,690 COVID-19 cases; 17 deaths

Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 3:40 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear reported 2,690 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state total to 162,838 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 8.82 percent positivity rate.

“The number of people we lose is compounded when community spread is as high as it is and when it overwhelms the health care capacity of a state or region. This is happening in real time across the country,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s starting to happen here in Kentucky. If we do not stop the exponential growth of cases, we will exceed our health care capacity. We will experience more loss and more death than we have to.”

There were 17 reported COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday. The state death total is now 1,809.

The deaths reported Tuesday include a 90-year-old woman from Calloway County; two women, ages 64 and 81, and a 52-year-old man from Daviess County; an 81-year-old man from Hardin County; a 67-year-old man from Henry County; an 86-year-old woman and five men, ages 64, 67, 75, 76 and 88, from Jefferson County; a 78-year-old woman from Kenton County; a 60-year-old man from Martin County; a 90-year-old woman from McLean County; an 88-year-old woman from Metcalfe County; and an 81-year-old woman from Shelby County.

As of Tuesday, 1,658 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 390 are in the ICU, and 207 are on ventilators.

“It can take time for an infection to show up in a test,” said Gov. Beshear. “Please keep your Thanksgiving celebration as small as you can.”

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