Kentucky records its largest number of single-day COVID-19 cases with 979

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases in the state of Kentucky.

Sunday’s results include 979 new cases and three new deaths. There’s also 30 positive cases that include children five-years-old or younger.

“We typically have limited reporting on Sunday which makes today’s record-setting number of positives particularly alarming,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “In the interest of accuracy, we are going to reach out and confirm results with some of the major labs. Even so, this surge in positive cases is a shocking wake-up call. Kentucky has flattened the curve before and it must act immediately and decisively to flatten it again. Please, wear your mask and socially distance.”

“This ought to be a wake-up call for everybody. This is a rough day for the commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thirty children under five who have tested positive. Thirty families whose parents and caregivers are hurting more than anything we can imagine.”

Overall, Kentucky has been 23,161 COVID-19 cases and 670 coronavirus-related deaths.

Kentucky reported the highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Sunday along with three new deaths.

‘A wake-up call.’ Kentucky reports largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases Sunday

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday night that there were 979 new cases of coronavirus reported in Kentucky. It was “by far” the biggest jump in cases in Kentucky so far, Beshear said.

“We typically have limited reporting on Sunday which makes today’s record-setting number of positives particularly alarming,” Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said in a release. “In the interest of accuracy, we are going to reach out and confirm results with some of the major labs. Even so, this surge in positive cases is a shocking wake-up call. Kentucky has flattened the curve before and it must act immediately and decisively to flatten it again. Please, wear your mask and socially distance.”

The new cases in Kentucky included 208 from Jefferson County and 49 from Fayette County, Beshear said. Thirty of the new cases were in children under 5 years old.

“This ought to be a wake-up call for everybody,” Beshear said in his announcement Sunday. “Whether it’s folks out at a baseball field that are all sitting on the bleachers together not wearing masks or whether it’s to those that don’t think that this thing is truly spreading and can harm people. This is a rough day for the Commonwealth.”

The three people who were reported to have died from COVID-19 Sunday were a 67-year-old woman from Clark County, a 58-year-old man from Oldham County and a 74-year-old woman from Jefferson County.

“We have got to defeat this virus,” Beshear said. “We are at war, we are in the trenches and every time we pop up, somebody else can get harmed. All these rules and regulations are important because we know how to win. We just need everybody to follow them.”

Beshear announced he would have briefings every day this week at 4 p.m., and that additional measures would have to be taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As of about 4 p.m. Sunday, at least 23,161 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Kentucky since the outbreak began and a total of 670 people in the state have died of the illness, according to Beshear’s office.