Beshear reports death of Floyd man, state’s second-highest daily COVID-19 case increase; hospital capacity good, he says

Floyd County has experienced its first COVID-19-related death.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday that a 77-year-old man in Floyd County had died as a result of COVID-19, making that man the first person in Floyd County to die as a result of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. According to the state’s data, Floyd County’s total COVID-19 case count increased by four cases from Monday, with the count now standing at 44 COVID-19 cases.

No other information on the death reported in Floyd County was available as of this publishing.

The announcement came during the same press briefing Tuesday during which the governor announced Kentucky had experienced its second-highest daily COVID-19 case increase. Beshear said that on Tuesday, 576 new cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the state, increasing Kentucky’s total to 20,223. The governor said Kentucky’s positivity rate measured at 3.95 percent as of his briefing and there had been 494,343 COVID-19 tests performed in the state.

Among the new cases, Beshear said, were nine children under five years old, including an 11-month-old.

The death of the Floyd County man was one of six announced by Beshear on Tuesday, raising the state’s death toll as a result of COVID-19 to 635. Beshear the impact of Tuesday’s high new case total — which is eclipsed only by a day in which the state conducted tests of an entire prison’s population — would become evident over the next two weeks.

“I’m worried that’s going to get worse before it gets better,” Beshear said.

Beshear shared good news about the state’s hospital capacity. He said out of the state’s estimated 5,000 hospital beds, only about 3,200 were currently taken by patients with various conditions, and there were only 564 patients occupying the state’s 1,500 Intensive Care Unit beds, 90 of which are COVID-19 patients.

He also said a relatively low number of the state’s available ventilators were occupied.

“So we still have a lot of room there,” Beshear said of the state’s hospital capacity statistics.

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