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Kentucky surpasses 9,000 coronavirus-related deaths

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor says the state's coronavirus-related death toll has surpassed 9,000.

Gov. Andy Beshear says it's a grim reminder of the trauma still being caused by the pandemic even as virus cases and hospitalizations trend downward.

The state’s daily COVID-19 report will be released later Thursday. But the governor says it will include at least 50 more virus-related deaths, pushing the statewide death toll past 9,000.

Meanwhile, he says virus-related hospitalizations in Kentucky have dropped 17% in the past week, easing pressure on the state’s beleaguered hospitals.

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