Kentucky COVID-19: 6,853 total cases, 321 deaths

Posted at 5:31 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 18:31:49-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVF) — Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said the state's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday is at 6,853.

Since the outbreak began, 321 Kentuckians have died and 2,546 have recovered.

The state has tested 110,609 people for the coronavirus.

Watch the governor's update below:

Two children in Kentucky are now suffering from a coronavirus-related illness.

On Monday, the governor announced that a 10-year-old with the illness was placed on a ventilator. Gov. Beshear said the child appears to be doing better on Monday. The second child is a 16-year-old who has been hospitalized, but does not require a ventilator.

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said children who are suffering from the pediatric inflammatory condition can test negative for the nose test for COVID-19, but positive in the antibody test.

"The kids who get sick with this can have cardiovascular collapse, supported measures to keep track of blood pressure, respiratory collapse and breathing support with a ventilator, so it's a very serious condition" Dr. Stack said.