KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave his coronavirus update Monday
The Governor is now recommending schools start in-person classes in late September. He says he understands this is six weeks out.
“Our recommendation today is that schools wait to begin in-person classes until Sept. 28,” the Governor said. “Yes, that’s six weeks from now, but it’s also six weeks from what I hope is the peak of this virus, six weeks from the last three weeks where we have been at an all-time high week in and week out, six weeks from a time when we just had a 6% positivity rate. Let’s face it, we’re trying really hard and we’ve taken good steps. Masks are working. But we do not have control over this virus. And to send tens of thousands of our kids back into in-person classes when we don’t have control of this virus, it’s not the right thing to do for these kids, it’s not the right thing to do for their faculty and it’s not the right thing to do as Governor.”
After his announcement, Henderson County Schools sent out a voicemail to parents saying classes will start virtually on August 26, just not in person as planned. They say more information will be sent out.
According to Beshear, the rise in cases across the Commonwealth, more kids testing positive for COVID-19, families taking vacations to hot spots and schools opening for a few days and closing due to exposure are the reasons for this recommendation.
In Owensboro, public school leaders say this announcement from the Governor is not totally unexpected. They plan to meet Tuesday morning to finalize the changes.
“We’re cognizant of that childcare issue that a lot of families are facing, Owensboro Public Schools spokesperson Jared Revlett stated. “It’s a big need in our community and in other school districts across the state.”
One parent who has children in a private school says she is putting her trust in academic administrators.
“Whatever their decision is for how Heritage Christian Schools is going to operate, we have total confidence and trust in that,” parent Rebekah Kline shared.
Gov. Beshear is reporting numbers may be lower due to a glitch in the computer system. He reports *275 new positive cases and two new deaths, bringing the total to 35,254 confirmed cases.
Officials say bars will be able to open Tuesday. They say restaurants can reopen at 50% capacity, and they also recommend outdoor seating.
All food and drink services stop by 10 p.m. Bars and restaurants must close by 11 p.m.
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The Green River District Health Department is reporting 24 additional COVID-19 cases Monday.
Of those new cases, 12 are in Daviess County, seven are in Henderson County, two are in Ohio County, and there’s one new case in each McLean, Union and Webster counties.
Green River health officials say the total number of confirmed cases is 1,717. They say 1,480 people have recovered from the virus.
The Hopkins County Health Department is showing seven new cases of the coronavirus. The county has had a total of 414 cases with 320 recoveries.
Muhlenberg County says they have four new cases.
Here are the numbers in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 762 cases, 8 deaths, 668 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 629 cases, 11 deaths, 590 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 414 cases, 34 deaths, 320 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 365 cases, 8 death, 323 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 345 cases, 4 deaths, 284 recovered
- Webster Co. - 92 cases, 1 death, 76 recovered
- McLean Co. - 45 cases, 1 death, 39 recovered
- Union Co. - 63 cases, 50 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 45 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.
This week, Governor Andy Beshear says he’s going to take more steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
He said he’ll most likely implement a bar curfew, meaning bars will have to close their doors earlier than they usually would.
Kentucky wouldn’t be the first state with the mandate, Ohio just recently created the same rule.