KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is giving his coronavirus update at 3 p.m.
Governor Beshear launches the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund. The fund will help pay 90% of past due rent to those eligible.
The relief fund may pay up to two months of future rent.
Gov. Andy Beshear also announced the awarding of $450,000 for critical repairs and equipment replacement at five Kentucky riverports.
The funding is in the form of grants to be matched by the authorities that operate the riverports, which are at Paducah, Eddyville, Henderson, Owensboro and Louisville.
“One of our greatest natural assets in Kentucky is our abundance of navigable waterways, and river commerce is an indelible part of our rich history,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our Kentucky riverports help move the nation’s cargo, and it is essential to keep them modernized and well maintained.”
Owensboro Riverport Authority will receive $120,082. The money will go toward the purchase of a front-end loader for daily handling of bulk products, including corrosives such as fertilizer and ammonium nitrate. The new loader will replace an unreliable 11-year-old machine.
Henderson County Riverport Authority will receive $108,000. The money will go toward the removal and replacement of two 40-year old damaged mooring “dolphins” – structures that jut from the water and to which vessels are secured. They are essential to the operation of the loading docks.
Gov. Beshear is reporting 273 new positive cases and one new death, bringing the total in the Commonwealth to 53,319 cases and 997 COVID-19 related deaths.
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The Green River District Health Department is reporting 41 additional COVID-19 cases.
Of those new cases, 18 are in Henderson County, 15 are in Union County, seven are in Daviess County and one new case in Ohio County.
Green River health officials say they have had 2,445 confirmed positive cases. They say 2,014 have recovered in the district.
They also warn scammers are pretending to be contact tracers.
They say real contact tracers will never ask for financial information.
The Hopkins County Health Department website is showing 17 new COVID-19 cases. They have now had a total of 533 cases and 412 recoveries.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department is reporting five new coronavirus cases.
Here are the numbers in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 1,067 cases, 13 deaths, 928 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 677 cases, 11 deaths, 641 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 533 cases, 35 deaths, 412 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 426 cases, 9 death, 383 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 524 cases, 4 deaths, 409 recovered
- Webster Co. - 130 cases, 2 death, 100 recovered
- McLean Co. - 66 cases, 1 death, 53 recovered
- Union Co. - 172 cases, 1 death, 89 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 62 cases, 52 recovered