"We had more deaths announced last week than in any week since we've been battling this virus," said Governor Andy Beshear in the daily COVID-19 briefing.
Kentucky reported 373 new cases of COVID-19 today for a total of 43,899 cases since early March. The highest positive numbers to date occurred in mid-July with almost 1,000 cases.
Included in the numbers today, were 4 deaths for a total of 885 across the state of Kentucky.
Beshear shared a chart that examined the number of positive cases week over week since the coronavirus outbreak. The chart shows the plateau numbers prior to the big hit in July.
Kentucky is at another plateau...a much higher plateau. Beshear is concerned that if numbers spike again at the current plateau, Kentucky will be in serious trouble.
He warned Kentuckians not "to let our guard down because we’re tired of being cooped up." Beshear reminded people spring and summer beach vacations appeared to be the source of some outbreaks in Kentucky when people returned. A travel advisory is still mandated.
Kentucky's travel advisory because of high coronavirus rates include: Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Nevada and Idaho. People are advised to avoid travel to those states and if they do to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to Kentucky.
Beshear announced the first outbreak of COVID-19 at one of the state's four veterans nursing homes. The home is located in eastern Kentucky and reports nine residents and one staff member tested positive.
A new Executive Order was signed today dedicating $15 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to create a Health at Home Eviction Relief Fund. For more details, review the slide contained in this article or refer to kentucky.gov.