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State reports 2nd highest number of cases for 1 day

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Kentucky’s spike in coronavirus cases accelerated Tuesday when 1,018 more cases were reported — the state’s second-highest daily total since the pandemic began.

The near-record number should be a “wake-up call,” Gov. Andy Beshear said as he kept urging people to wear masks in public and follow other health guidelines to contain the virus.

Having warned that Kentucky is at the start of a new escalation of cases, Beshear said: “We’re certainly seeing that in today’s numbers. That means we’ve got to work harder.”

“We can’t let this thing get out of control again because maybe we’re tired,” the Democratic governor added at a news conference.

Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, said “every place on … Earth where people have gotten lazy and lax about following the things we recommend has seen a surge in disease.”

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