Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky’s third-highest COVID-19 case count increase on Friday.
In a press conference Friday afternoon, Beshear said there were 531 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky along with eight new deaths related to COVID-19. The state’s total case count for COVID-19 not totals 21,605, and the state’s death toll now stands at 658.
Friday’s case new case total is the third-highest experienced in Kentucky. The previous highs were May 5 when the state reported 625 new cases, more than 300 of which were from a single prison, and on July 14 when 576 new COVID-19 cases were reported.
Beshear also said the state’s positivity rate for COVID-19 testing is beginning to become concerning. The current positivity rate for testing stands at 4.19 percent. He said if the positivity rate eclipses 5 percent, the federal government recommends scaling back steps toward reopening economies.
According to the state’s COVID-19 information page, more than 522,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Kentucky. A total of 6,772 documented recoveries have been reported to the state.