KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is giving his coronavirus update.
Gov. Beshear announces two additional steps recommended by the federal government to control the spread of the virus, including closing bars for two weeks across the Commonwealth and limit indoor restaurant dining to 25%.
He also highly recommends schools to postpone start dates for the 2020-2021 school year to the third week in August.
The sign outside of Algonquins in Henderson says “yes, we are open.” But tomorrow, they’ll be open just at 25% capacity.
Beshear says this a necessary step that even the White House recommended.
But the owner tells us she’s just happy the governor didn’t shut down restaurants completely again.
Algonquins in Henderson owner Linda Stone says they’ve already felt the impacts of COVID-19 during the first closure of bars and restaurants a few months ago.
“It did give us the chance to do some remodeling, but it brought the profits down about 50%,” said Stone.
“The problem is, if we don’t do this now with our restaurants, it’ll result in more longer term closures in parts of the industry,” said Beshear.
For now, Algonquins can stay open but at a reduced capacity.
“We’ve got the food permit, which allows us to be open,” said Stone. “But we do have the patio, and tables are spaced out, and that’s all outdoor seating.”
Governor Beshear leaves this message for Kentuckians:
“Everybody please, order a lot of takeout these next two weeks,” said Beshear. “That’s not supposed to sounds silly, everybody can do takeout. Everybody can even do certain alcoholic beverages in take out. If you can, everybody step up and do a little more of that the next two weeks.”
Governor Beshear announces 522 new positive cases, bringing the total to 27,601. He states 21 kids under the age of 5 have tested positive, the youngest being only 11 days old.
He announces nine new deaths across the state of Kentucky.
You can watch it live below.
The Green River District Health Department is reporting 29 additional COVID-19 cases.
Of those new cases, 14 are in Daviess County, 10 are in Henderson County, two are in Union County, and there is one new case in each Hancock, McLean and Webster counties.
Green River health officials say there have been 1,449 confirmed cases in the district. They say 1,127 people have recovered.
The Hopkins County Health Department website is showing four new COVID-19 cases Monday. They now have a total of 365 confirmed cases with 286 recoveries.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reports three new positive cases along with one probable case.
Here are the numbers in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 638 cases, 7 deaths, 514 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 611 cases, 9 deaths, 563 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 361 cases, 34 deaths, 286 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 333 cases, 5 death, 254 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 284 cases, 4 deaths, 210 recovered
- Webster Co. - 72 cases, 1 death, 57 recovered
- McLean Co. - 39 cases, 1 death, 31 recovered
- Union Co. - 47 cases, 31 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 36 cases, 30 recovered
The health department is offering free COVID-19 testing. To schedule an appointment visit the GRDHD website and follow the COVID-19 test prompts. You must be preregistered to be tested.