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785 new Kentucky coronavirus cases. Positivity rate at 5.67%

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 785 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Thursday, edging the state’s case total up to 37,686.

“Today’s report continues [with] significantly high number though nothing like yesterday,” Beshear said in his daily update. Wednesday’s new cases set a single-day record, at 1,163.

Six more people with the virus have died, putting the death toll at 796.

The rate of people testing positive is up slightly to 5.67 percent — “again, we need to see a significant reduction,” the governor said.

Thursday’s new cases include 41 residents and 46 staff at nursing and assisted living facilities. “We see these are hot spots that we have to continue protecting,” he said.

Seven additional child care centers have confirmed at least one case of the virus, and five staff and five kids are newly positive. In total, 131 centers have at least one case, and 102 staff and 87 kids have tested positive.

There are currently 658 people hospitalized with the virus, 140 are in intensive care and 97 are on ventilators. At least 730,362 tests have been administered.

This story will be updated.

Alex Acquisto covers health and social services for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. She joined the newspaper in June 2019 as a corps member with Report for America, a national service program made possible in Kentucky with support from the Blue Grass Community Foundation. She’s from Owensboro, Ky., and previously worked at the Bangor Daily News and other newspapers in Maine.
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