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Kentucky governor says he may take ‘additional steps’

Kentucky governor says he may take ‘additional steps’

The COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky continues to worsen as health officials reported the state’s highest number of cases recorded in a week.

According to Gov. Andy Beshear, the state recorded an additional 3,303 cases on Saturday, bringing Kentucky’s total to 136,147. That number breaks the single-day record for new cases.

“This week, we’ve had our highest positivity rates, our highest daily reported case counts, and are on track to set yet another unfortunate milestone – another highest week,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Gov. Beshear says the state’s positivity rate is at 8.95%. Cases are on the incline as the state recorded 11,500 cases and 68 deaths in the last four days alone. He also warned that things could worsen if counties don’t follow the “red zone recommendations.” A county is considered a red zone when there are more than 25 cases per 100,000 people.

“If we don’t grab ahold of those red zone county reduction recommendations, if we don’t see those steps being done and ultimately see those numbers coming down, we are going to have no choice but to take additional steps as we move forward,” Gov. Beshear said.

Dr. Stack said an influenza outbreak on top of the COVID-19 pandemic could be “disastrous” for Kentucky in the coming months.

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