KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed 516 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths, including an 84-year-old woman from Ohio County.
Kentucky is currently reporting that 33,254 people have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.51%.
Out of these reported cases, 8,523 state residents have fully recovered from the virus.
The Governor says 12 new cases were from children ages five and younger.
As of Thursday, 760 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Gov. Beshear announced the statewide mask mandate is being extended for another 30 days.
The Governor echoed his message from earlier this week, saying COVID-19 numbers are trending towards a plateau in Kentucky. His reason for extending the mandate was simple.
“It’s working,” Gov. Beshear said. “And if we want to get some things back open that we had to pause, if we want to continue to grow our economy, this is our way.”
Beshear also said the 2020 Kentucky State Fair will be closed to the general public and limited to participants only.
The fair will feature wider aisle ways, reduced occupancy, increased hygiene accessibility and facial covering requirements. In an effort to manage crowds and social distancing, exhibits, rides, games, concerts, food vendors and entertainment acts will not be a part of this year’s fair.
“By hosting a participant-only event, fair officials can more effectively enforce social distancing and facial covering requirements as well as gather the necessary information to perform contact tracing,” Gov. Beshear said. “I appreciate the board’s willingness to be agile, and their efforts to ensure that the health and safety of Kentuckians remains a top priority.”
The Kentucky State Fair is currently scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 20. The event will be held at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.
Gov. Beshear noted that he will have additional guidance for Kentucky’s bars and restaurants on Monday.
“Expectations ought to be that capacity will increase again to 50%, but there will be some changes,” the Governor said. “Especially in restaurants, we need people to still prioritize outdoor seating. Bars and restaurants are both going to be expected to have their last item served at 10 p.m. Then there is going to be an hour to let people eat and drink and ultimately go home.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full Thursday press conference in the video below:
The Green River District Health Department is reporting 29 additional COVID-19 cases Thursday.
Of those new cases, 10 are in Daviess County, eight are in Henderson County, four are in Webster County, there are three cases in both Ohio and Union counties, and one new case in Hancock County.
Green River health officials say they’ve had a total of 1,645 confirmed cases in the district. They say 1,434 people have recovered from the virus.
The Hopkins County Health Department website is showing one new case of COVID-19. They have had a total of 403 cases and 320 recoveries.
Here are the numbers in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 724 cases, 8 deaths, 644 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 618 cases, 10 deaths, 589 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 403 cases, 34 deaths, 320 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 360 cases, 8 death, 317 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 325 cases, 4 deaths, 273 recovered
- Webster Co. - 89 cases, 1 death, 73 recovered
- McLean Co. - 44 cases, 1 death, 38 recovered
- Union Co. - 59 cases, 49 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 44 cases, 40 recovered
The Green River District 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.