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Clark records 11th COVID death

Nearly a dozen Clark Countians have died because of complications of the coronavirus. 

The Clark County Health Department reported the 11th local death attributed to the virus Tuesday. 

As of Thursday afternoon, there had been 539 total cases reported locally. Of those, 56 were active and 472 had recovered. 

Since Monday, there have been 17 cases reported this week in the county. 

There have been at least 81 cases reported this month, putting October on track to be one of the higher reporting months in the county. 

Right now, August is the highest reporting month, with 137 cases reported that month alone. 

There has been a noticeable increase in cases since June. There were 27 cases reported in May, 12 in April and eight in March. 

However, in June, there were 85 new cases, 88 in July and 91 in September. 

Statewide, the governor continues to report record-breaking numbers. 

This week, he reported the most cases ever for a Monday. 

Tuesday marked the fourth-highest number of daily COVID-19 cases. 

Wednesday’s report of new cases and deaths are both the second-highest since the pandemic started in March. 

As of Thursday afternoon, there had been 90,996 positive cases in the state and 1,363 deaths. 

As of Wednesday, 794 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 203 were in the ICU and 94 were on ventilators. 

More than 1.8 million tests have been performed with a 4.99 percent positivity rate. 

At least 17,534 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday said as COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the state is beginning to prepare for a fall and winter surge in cases.

“Our cases continue to go up, our hospitalization continues to go up and we continue to see more people in the ICU. And if we can’t get everybody’s buy in and we can’t get more people doing the right thing each and every day, my concern is that we are going to experience a real surge that we must avoid,” Beshear said. “But if we’re going to face it, I want you to know that we are spending our time getting prepared.”