Kentucky surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A grim new milestone for the Bluegrass State, as more than 1,000 Kentuckians have now died of COVID-19.

A ceremony was held to mark the event this morning in the Capitol rotunda, and Governor Andy Beshear has ordered flags to be flown at half-mast for the next week.

Gov. Andy Beshear reacts to news that more than 1,000 Kentuckians have died due to complications from COVID-19.

“Over a thousand Kentuckians are no longer with us, because of a virus that had its first case in Kentucky just six months ago,” Beshear said. “Compared to most other states, that number of casualties is fairly low, and that’s a testament to the people of Kentucky and the actions they’ve taken.”

The governor announced that yesterday’s 16 deaths had pushed the death toll to 1,013. There were 667 new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday, bringing the total to nearly 54,000.

More than 937,000 tests have been given, and the state’s positivity rate stands at 3.84 percent.