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FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky reported 58 more coronavirus-related deaths Thursday, the state's highest one-day total of the pandemic as its death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 3,300.

Gov. Andy Beshear called it a “staggering” loss. To memorialize the losses, an American flag will be placed on the statehouse grounds for each Kentuckian who has died from the virus, he said.

“These are all children of God, loved by their families, needed by their community, deeply, deeply missed,” the governor said at a news conference.

The record-setting number of virus-related deaths reported Thursday followed a post-holiday bump in COVID cases, Beshear said. But it appears that “exponential growth” has been stopped, he said.

Beshear reported 3,728 new statewide virus cases.

“Sounds like a lot," he said. "It is a lot. We need fewer cases. But it’s also the lowest total for a Thursday in over four weeks.”

Slightly more than 1,600 virus patients are hospitalized in Kentucky, including 395 in intensive care. The state’s rate of positive COVID-19 cases was 11.05%, down slightly from the prior day.

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