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Kentucky Confirms Over 1,000 New Virus Cases In Largest Daily Increase

Gov. Andy Beshear
Credit Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the commonwealth’s largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases at a Frankfort media briefing Wednesday.

The state is reporting 1,163 new positive tests, raising the statewide total to 36,945 confirmed cases of the virus.

“I believe today will be our single highest number of positive cases that we’ve had. Today we’ve set a record that we never wanted to set, going over 1,000 cases,” Beshear said. “Now, if there is good news in this, it is with the number of tests with the seven-day average, our positivity rate is actually down a little bit. But we need to get that much, much lower.”

Kentucky’s positivity rate is down to 5.62%. Seven Kentuckians died as a result of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 790. The deaths are a 71-year-old man from Barren County; a 73-year-old woman from Christian County; a 75-year-old woman from Fayette County; two women, ages 85 and 87, from Jefferson County; a 71-year-old man from Meade County; and an 80-year-old man from Oldham County.

Beshear also announced $6 million in CARES Act funding for Kentucky’s area development districts. The funding will be split equally among the ADDs, allowing about $392,000 for each organization. 

Find more information concerning Kentucky’s response to the coronavirushere.

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Dalton York is an undergraduate student at Murray State University, majoring in History and secondary education. A native of Marshall County, Dalton is a proud product of his tight-knit community. He has competed nationally in speech and debate, winning numerous accolades in extemporaneous speaking and radio broadcast. Dalton is also very active in community theatre, appearing on stage and backstage at Playhouse in the Park. Dalton considers himself a "public radio nerd" and is proud to serve his community through WKMS.