KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During his coronavirus update on Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 518 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths, including an 81-year-old man from Webster County.
Kentucky is currently reporting that 24,540 people have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 4.92%.
Out of the state’s reported cases, at least 7,000 residents have fully recovered from the virus.
As of Wednesday, 677 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
Gov. Beshear predicted the state will soon be experiencing its single largest budget cut in Kentucky’s history. He believes this upcoming fiscal year will not look like the last.
“Now, I hope that what happened in this last fiscal year has a chance of going on moving forward, but we know what we face moving forward without federal assistance is really rough,” Gov. Beshear said.
He says the outlook remains dire for the next year without another infusion of federal assistance.
The state faced a projected budget shortfall exceeding $450 million for the fiscal year, which ended June 30 as the coronavirus outbreak damaged the economy.
However, spending cuts by state agencies, combined with stronger-than-expected revenue collections, solidified the state’s financial situation. When the books are closed on the just-ended fiscal year, the Governor predicted it will show a surplus.
He also noted that Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine followed Kentucky’s lead on Wednesday by announcing statewide face mask mandates.
“They have followed our lead,” Gov. Beshear said. “The step that we took is the right step. This is going to help and make Kentucky’s response more effective. These are two governors that I respect. This region requiring facial coverings should help all of us and it should show you that there is no political division in what is the right public health response. This is the difference between life and death.”
Beshear pointed to recent analysis by Goldman Sachs. Which found the simple act of wearing a mask, if adopted widely, would save 5% of Kentucky’s Gross State Product – a total of more than $10 billion.
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full Wednesday press conference in the video below:
The Green River District Health Department is reporting a new COVID-19 related death and 26 additional cases.
Of those new cases, 10 are in Henderson County, seven are in Ohio County, five are in Daviess County, two are in Union County, and two are in Webster County.
Green River health officials say the person who died was a resident of Webster County.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported one additional COVID-19 case on Wednesday afternoon.
This brings the countywide number to 594 total cases. Out of these cases, 546 people have fully recovered from the virus.
Health officials say the district has now had 1,333 confirmed cases. They say they’ve had 1,071 recoveries.
Hopkins County officials announced six new cases during their weekly COVID-19 update. They’ve now had a total of 353 confirmed cases with 266 recoveries.
Wednesday is the last day for some testing sites in the Green River District. To schedule an appointment, visit the GRDHD website.
Here are the current numbers in our area of Kentucky:
- Muhlenberg Co. - 594 cases, 9 deaths, 546 recovered
- Daviess Co. - 583 cases, 7 deaths, 490 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 353 cases, 34 deaths, 266 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 316 cases, 1 death, 238 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 256 cases, 4 deaths, 202 recovered
- Webster Co. - 69 cases, 1 death, 55 recovered
- McLean Co. - 37 cases, 1 death, 29 recovered
- Union Co. - 39 cases, 29 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 33 cases, 28 recovered