Kentucky reported 638 new cases of coronavirus and six more deaths Saturday.
“Saturday’s COVID report unfortunately suggests this is going to be the highest week of total cases that we’ve ever had, though our positivity rate is going down a little bit,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news release.
The positivity rate as of Saturday was 5.45 percent. The rate is a 7-day rolling average that is calculated by dividing the number of positive tests by the total number of tests administered, as reported by laboratories.
Saturday’s report brings the state’s total cases to at least 38,930. There have been 810 deaths.
The deaths reported Saturday included two men, ages 71 and 85, and a woman, 57, from Jefferson County; a man, 74, from Graves County; a man, 72, from Nicholas County; and a man, 89, from McCracken County.
Of the new cases reported Saturday, 17 were among children ages 5 and under, Beshear said.
As some Kentucky schools prepare to reopen against the recommendation of the governor, Beshear said Saturday that Kentuckians need to “make sure that we prevent loss of life, that we promote health and that we protect our children, that we should never, ever experiment with.”
“When you look at how hard children are being hit now, 322 people under the age of 18 have tested positive since the beginning of this in Warren County alone,” he said.
As of Saturday, 618 people were hospitalized with the virus, and 131 were in ICU. Among all Kentuckians who have tested positive for COVID-19, 10.77 percent have been hospitalized at some point, according to state data.
According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 106 new cases of coronavirus were reported for Lexington Saturday morning, bringing the city’s total cases to 4,392 since the pandemic began.
One more person in Fayette County has died, according to the health department’s website, which said the county has had 51 deaths so far.
Karla Ward is a native of Logan County who has worked as a reporter at the Herald-Leader for 18 years. She covers breaking news.