KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 785 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths on Thursday afternoon.
Kentucky is currently reporting that 37,686 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.67%.
Out of these reported cases, 8,965 people have fully recovered from the virus.
The Governor says 25 new cases were from children ages five and younger.
As of Thursday, 796 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the Governor continued to defend his recommendation for schools to push back their in-person start dates to September 28.
During the press briefing, Beshear was asked about recent concerns from parents that children could fall behind in their education the longer they aren’t physically in the classroom. He acknowledged the validity of the concern, but says he’s not a fan of the alternative.
”But children, I believe, are going to be in a much worse situation if we expose them to very significant health risks that are here right now,” Gov. Beshear said. “That they are subjected to quarantine or the potential problems that can come with getting this virus.”
Beshear also pointed to the number of grandparents who serve as primary caregivers for school-aged students across the commonwealth, noting they fall into a more high-risk category.
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, noted that beginning the fall year virtually will allow districts more time to prepare for a safe reopening later in the fall. This comes as health officials strive to learn more about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in classrooms, cafeterias, school buses and other spaces.
“Some schools have had to quarantine many students within days of kicking off the school year,” Dr. Stack said. “I very much support the decision that the Governor made. I respect it’s a very difficult decision, but our disease burden for COVID-19 is at its all-time high. We need to get kids back to school but we need to get kids back to school safely.”
Dr. Stack also urged Kentuckians to get their annual flu vaccine as soon as possible.
“Get your flu shot - we need everyone to do this,” Dr. Stack said. “We have to keep influenza as suppressed as we possibly can. In a bad year with influenza, our hospitals are strained just keeping up with flu patients.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full Thursday press conference in the video below:
The Green River District Health Department is reporting 18 additional COVID-19 cases Thursday.
Of those new cases, 13 are in Daviess County, three are in Henderson County, and there is one new case in both Hancock and Webster counties.
Green River health officials say they have a total of 1,780 confirmed cases in the district. They say 159 have those total cases have required hospitalization. Officials say that 1,524 people have recovered from the virus.
The health department held a community update pertaining to the Owensboro-Daviess County area on Thursday evening.
You can watch the full update in the video below:
The Hopkins County Health Department website is showing three new cases in the county. They now have 422 confirmed cases in the county and 353 recoveries.
Here are the numbers in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 799 cases, 8 deaths, 689 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 633 cases, 11 deaths, 595 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 422 cases, 34 deaths, 353 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 370 cases, 9 death, 330 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 357 cases, 4 deaths, 291 recovered
- Webster Co. - 93 cases, 1 death, 77 recovered
- McLean Co. - 47 cases, 1 death, 41 recovered
- Union Co. - 67 cases, 54 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 47 cases, 42 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.
There is also a free COVID-19 testing site in Dawson Springs Thursday. It’s at Food Giant on E. Arcadia Street. Testing runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.