Kentucky sees deadliest day in pandemic; new measures to be announced Wednesday

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday the deadliest day so far in the coronavirus pandemic.

And as a result, he announced that new actions aimed at gaining control over the virus will be announced tomorrow.

“So let me say that tomorrow, we will be announcing that we’re going to be taking in this commonwealth,” Beshear said. “It’s time to get control of this beast. And I refuse to stand by and watch avoidable loss around us.

“We’re at war, and there are some right now who want to surrender and accept the fatality. I’m not that type of governor.”

The latest statewide numbers in the coronavirus pandemic show more than 2,900 new cases in Kentucky, bringing the total to more than 142,000.

Those cases include 58 in Pike County, 43 in Floyd County and 21 in Johnson.

Thirty-three more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 1,697.

More than 1,500 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 354 in intensive care and 178 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate is currently 9.1 percent.