Kentucky hits another record week of COVID-19 cases –

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Kentucky had more than 30,000 new COVID-19 cases last week, the single largest week for cases in the commonwealth during the pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday during his update.

Last week, 30,680 new coronavirus cases were reported in Kentucky. The previous week had also set a record with 29,456 cases, making it back-to-back weeks with the most cases.

“We continue to see more cases than is safe by any means,” Beshear said.

Over the Labor Day weekend through Tuesday, there were a combined 13,005 new coronavirus cases and 60 new deaths. Here’s how the numbers break down:

  • Saturday – 4,732 cases, 29 deaths.
  • Sunday – 3,376 cases, 17 deaths.
  • Monday – 2,541 cases, 9 deaths.
  • Tuesday – 2,356 cases, 5 deaths.

Beshear said he expected to have higher numbers of cases and deaths over the next few days as the under-reporting of cases catches up.

Beshear calls Kentucky’s COVID-19 situation ‘dire’

On Saturday, Beshear signed a proclamation calling state lawmakers into a special session on Tuesday to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency in Kentucky.

“Our situation is dire,” Beshear said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” news program. “We are setting case records. We have a record number of Kentuckians in the hospital battling COVID, in the ICU battling for their lives.”

A recent state Supreme Court ruling limited the governor’s executive powers.

“If I had the ability to do it right now, we would have a masking order when you are in public and indoors,” Beshear said. “We know that’s a proven way to slow the spread of the virus and ultimately help our health care capacity.”

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