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Kentucky reports 390 cases of COVID-19, three new deaths Sunday

Kentucky reported 390 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, along with three new deaths attributed to the illness, according to the office of Gov. Andy Beshear.

The new cases, which were reported as of 3 p.m. Sunday, bring the state up to a total of 39,315 cases of the illness and 813 deaths attributed to coronavirus, according to Beshear’s office. There is limited reporting on Sundays, so some statistics, like positivity rate, were not released.

“The total number of new COVID-19 cases has increased this week which shows the disease is still very active in Kentucky, but on a positive note it appears that Kentuckians have stopped the exponential growth of the virus,” Beshear said in his release Sunday .“Team Kentucky has again shown that if we socially distance, wear masks and wash our hands, we have a better chance of continuing to reopen our economy safely and get more Kentuckians back to school and work.”

The deaths reported Sunday included a 67-year-old woman from Fayette County, a 73-year-old woman from Perry County and a 91-year-old woman from Franklin County, according to Beshear’s office.

At 2.1 percent, Kentucky’s mortality rate is lower than the national rate of 3.2 percent, state public health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said in Sunday’s announcement

“This success is a combination of accomplishments including keeping COVID-19 from spreading out of control, excellent health care and more widespread testing than many other states,” Stack said. “We can’t allow ourselves to forget that this virus spreads rapidly and is very dangerous. Let’s continue to come together as Team Kentucky to keep ourselves, our friends, families and communities as safe as possible.”

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