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Monday, November 9, 2020

Gov. Beshear: Rise in Cases Requires Red Zone Counties to Take Action

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear warned Kentuckians that at this time we face significant danger from COVID-19. Eighty counties are in the red zone as cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase rapidly. Monday’s positivity rate was the highest since May 5.

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“If you’re not wearing a mask, you’re putting yourself at a real risk for contracting COVID,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is happening everywhere, which means we can’t bring in health care workers from other places. If everywhere is surging, we’re going to end up on our own. That means if we get overrun and we don’t have enough staff in hospitals, it’s our friends, our neighbors, maybe even our family members who won’t get the treatment they need.”

“We are clearly at the worst place we have been for this disease,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “It took us almost 15 weeks from the start of this pandemic in Kentucky just to get to the number of cases we had last week alone.”

Case Information 
As of 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

1,745 new positive Covid-19 cases - highest case count ever reported on a Monday; 11th highest day ever. 
- 122,567 cases total reported since March 6. 
- 7.49% positivity rate - highest since May 5. 
- 1,133 currently hospitalized. 
- 300 currently in ICU. 
- 141 currently on ventilator. 

Boone County: 59
Kenton: 52
Campbell: 30

Deaths: 11
Total deaths: 1,576 

Long-term care facilities: 
Active cases: 1,280 residents; 751 staff
Total cases: 7,103 residents; 5,024 staff
Total Deaths: 961

Those reported lost to the virus today include a 67-year-old man from Adair County; a 78-year-old woman and two men, ages 66 and 70, from Bullitt County; a 43-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 50-year-old woman from Graves County; a 73-year-old man from Green County; a 96-year-old woman from Hancock County; a 95-year-old woman and a 92-year-old man from Hardin County; and an 81-year-old woman from Jefferson County.

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