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Kentucky COVID-19 cases trend downward but a decrease in deaths may take longer

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Gov. Andy Beshear said hospitalizations have declined in October.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported on Thursday that COVID-19 in Kentucky continues declining, but deaths may not decline for some time.

Gov. Beshear said Thursday that the commonwealth’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 9,000. Although the state’s positivity rate and new cases are on a downward trend, it will take a while for deaths to do the same.

“Today also marks a difficult day in our fight against COVID. Later today, we'll report at least 50 new deaths, I believe four or so of them are in their 30s,” Beshear said.

Hospitalizations are also declining. But thousands of new cases continue to be reported weekly. The delta variant has also made children sicker requiring more hospitalizations of people under 18.

“To say we are fully emerging from it may be premature, but we are moving in the right direction,” Beshear said. “That's really positive. Now we're gonna have tough news in terms of deaths, the next couple of weeks, because remember those trail cases by a certain period of time.”

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