FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reported its highest ever number of new coronavirus cases on Saturday.
“We now have 1,275 new cases announced today, meaning 1,275 Kentuckians have just tested positive,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news release. “This is our highest number of cases ever. This is the highest number of cases per week ever and we have one more day that will add to the count, and it shows that we have to do better.”
As of 3 p.m. Oct. 3, there were at least 72,001 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, Beshear said. Of the newly reported cases, 166 were in children age 18 or younger. Twenty-seven of the cases were in children age 5 or younger, with the youngest child just two months old, according to the news release.
Kentucky also recorded eight new deaths on Saturday, bringing the total number of virus deaths in the state to 1,205.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including life-threatening pneumonia.