Kentucky reported 462 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, along with nine new deaths.
Sunday’s numbers make the past week the week with the highest total of new cases in the state since the outbreak began, according to a release from Governor Andy Beshear’s office. In total, the week saw 4,503 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in Kentucky to 48,032.
“That means we have to do better,” Beshear said in the release. “With this number of cases we see more people hospitalized, we see sadly more people being lost. So please wear your mask, please make good decisions. This is a time when this virus is spreading aggressively.”
Children under the age of 18 made up 79 of the new cases reported Sunday, according to Beshear’s office.
The deaths reported by the state Sunday included an 82-year-old man and 90-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 75-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman from Casey County; an 82-year-old man from Lincoln County; a 66-year-old woman from Russell County; a 71-year-old man from Green County; an 80-year-old woman from Calloway County; an 83-year-old man from Harlan County.
A total of 930 Kentuckians have died of the illness, according to Beshear’s office.
Some data, like positivity rates, are unavailable on Sundays because of limited reporting.
Public health Commissioner Steven Stack said in Sunday’s release that upcoming events like the Kentucky Derby and Labor Day should not cause people to abandon precautions. He urged people celebrate safely and to stay home when possible.
“When you go out in public, please practice social distancing, wear a mask whenever you are near others, and wash your hands often,” Stack said. “If we all do these things, we have a much better chance for safer, healthier fall and winter holidays with family and friends. These changes to our routines make an immense difference and save lives. Together, Team Kentucky can get through this.”