KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During his daily coronavirus update, Gov. Andy Beshear reported 166 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths on Wednesday afternoon.
“Ten families that have lost loved ones. And while the rules today loosened up on funerals, it’s still going to be really hard for these families to go through this,” Gov. Beshear said. “I hope you know I am fighting for every single individual out there. It hurts me every time we’ve lost someone.”
Kentucky is currently reporting 8,167 positive cases across the commonwealth. Out of these confirmed cases, 2,919 residents have fully recovered from the virus.
As of Wednesday, 376 people have died from complications with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
According to the Governor, 158,672 coronavirus tests have been administered throughout Kentucky, including nearly 4,800 tests over the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Gov. Beshear announced that Kroger is opening a new COVID-19 testing location in Henderson next week.
The new testing site will be located at Henderson Community College. This site will be open from May 26 through May 28.
The Governor also announced a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the CARES Act, which established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.
“Local governments have been instrumental in the fight against COVID-19 and are a lifeline in our local communities,” Gov. Beshear said. “During this fight, they have sacrificed so much to protect others by supplying PPE, enforcing guidelines, keeping the public informed and looking out for our most vulnerable. This funding will help them better protect all Kentuckians.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full Wednesday press conference in the video below:
The Muhlenberg County Health Department confirmed two additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. This brings the countywide number to 480 total cases.
On Wednesday, Green River District Health Department officials announced four more people have tested positive for COVID-19. They reported no new deaths.
Of those new cases, there are two in Daviess County, one in Henderson County and one in Ohio County.
Green River officials say there has been a total of 599 confirmed cases in the district. They also say 440 people have now recovered.
During their Wednesday update, Hopkins County officials announced one new resident has tested positive for COVID-19. They reported no new deaths.
You can watch that update here.
Here are the case numbers for our Kentucky counties.
- Muhlenberg Co. - 480 cases, 7 deaths
- Daviess Co. - 291 cases, 5 deaths, 225 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 217 cases, 27 deaths, 152 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 141 cases, 84 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 98 cases, 4 deaths, 71 recovered
- Webster Co. - 33 cases, 28 recovered
- McLean Co. - 21 cases, 1 death, 18 recovered
- Union Co. - 9 cases, 8 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 6 cases, 6 recovered
These are the numbers for food plant workers in our area reported Monday. Please note the worker could live in another county and would count towards county numbers there.
- Perdue Farms, Ohio County (293 positive employees, 1 employee death)
- Specialty Food Group, Daviess County (41 positive employees)
- Tyson Foods (Green River), Henderson County (99 positive employees)