Gov. Beshear reports 745 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, 9 deaths

Gov. Beshear gives the latest update on COVID-19.
Gov. Beshear gives the latest update on COVID-19.(AP)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 2:58 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - Gov. Andy Beshear gave the latest update Tuesday on Kentucky’s fight against COVID-19.

“I will start by telling you one of the most exciting things about our COVID report is that today we are now under a 4% positivity rating,” the Governor said. “That is moving in the right direction at a time when we are giving guidance, especially to school systems, about how to at least get back to a hybrid model starting on Sept. 28.”

Gov. Beshear reported 745 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday for a total of 58,000 confirmed cases of the virus in Kentucky since the outbreak began. Ninety-five of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 15 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 27 days old.

“While those are more cases than we would like to see based on significant tests and testing that we are continuing on our day-to-day basis, our positivity rate is now under 4% again, just barely,” the Governor said.

The Governor reported nine deaths including an 88-year-old man and an 84-year-old man from Warren County. The new deaths raised the death toll to 1,074.

“Again we are going to see higher numbers of deaths as we have a higher number of cases,” the Governor said.

Kentucky COVID Facts 9-15-2020
Kentucky COVID Facts 9-15-2020(WBKO)

Gov. Beshear said Tuesday that the state has slightly eased regulations on bars and restaurants to push back last call and operational hours.

He said restaurants and bars now will be allowed to have last call at 11 p.m. and close at midnight, both an hour later than under previous guidance.

“That was a specific request from those in the restaurant industry. We thought it was reasonable,” the Governor said. “But again let’s make sure that whether you’re in that industry or another industry, with rules and regulations that you are trying to do it right and are not trying to find a way to get around it. That not only hurts you and your facility and the people that come to it, but it hurts everybody around as well.”

Beshear announced that Kentucky has been awarded $38.1 million in federal discretionary transportation grants for advancement of much-needed bridge and highway improvements in Logan, Todd and Kenton counties and the City of Corbin.

“This is exciting news for many Kentucky drivers and their families. It also is a great opportunity to make investments in infrastructure that will return a direct and beneficial economic impact in each of these regions and beyond,” the Governor said. “Growing our economy requires continuing investments in the infrastructure that moves our goods and our people.”

The funding is part of the BUILD program – Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development. In this case, BUILD grants leverage matching funds from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the local governments.In Corbin, $15 million will go toward widening a section of U.S. Highway 25W from two to five lanes. In Logan and Todd counties, $13.5 million will help replace four bridges on U.S. Highway 79. In Kenton County, $9.6 million will improve the Kentucky Highway 536 corridor.

Watch below.

Coronavirus Update

Gov. Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.

Posted by WBKO Television on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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