KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update on Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 776 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths, including an 88-year-old man from Union County.
Kentucky is currently reporting that 58,764 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 3.89% statewide.
Out of these reported cases, 11,043 people have recovered from the virus.
“In general, what we are seeing is we still have higher case numbers than we would like to see, but we don’t at the moment see those accelerating from last week or the week before,” Gov. Beshear said. “We see our positivity rate coming down, and that is a good thing.”
The Governor says 91 new cases were from children ages 18 and younger.
“We continue to see this trend, where more and more kids are testing positive. They are becoming a bigger percentage of our positivity rate for a couple of reasons,” Gov. Beshear said. “One, thankfully, kids are being tested more often, and two, they are out doing more. But remember as we are making these decisions, our belief is that kids can transmit this virus as easily as anybody else.”
As of Wednesday, 1,082 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
Beshear is urging everyone to get a flu shot this year.
“It is incredibly important this year,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our fight against COVID will become so much more difficult if you don’t get that flu shot.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full Wednesday press conference in the video below:
The Green River District Health Department is reporting two new COVID-19 related deaths and 28 additional cases.
Of those new cases, 13 are in Daviess County, seven are in Henderson County, there are three new cases in both McLean and Union counties, and one new case in both Ohio and Webster counties.
The COVID-19 deaths were from Union County and Webster County.
Green River health officials say they have had a total of 2,719 confirmed cases. They say 2,322 people have recovered.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported seven additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
This brings the countywide number to 740 total cases. Out of these cases, 682 residents have fully recovered.
The Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing at the Dunmor Fire Department on Monday, as well as at the Midland Community Center on Wednesday. To schedule an appointment, contact health officials by calling 270-754-3200.
The Hopkins County Health Department is showing one new case of COVID-19, bringing the county’s all-time total to 574 cases. They have had 467 recoveries.
The currently have 70 active cases.
You can watch Hopkins County leaders' weekly update in the post below.
Here are the numbers in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 1,175 cases, 13 deaths, 1,030 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 740 cases, 12 deaths, 682 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 574 cases, 37 deaths, 467 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 445 cases, 9 death, 406 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 604 cases, 4 deaths, 485 recovered
- Webster Co. - 142 cases, 3 death, 119 recovered
- McLean Co. - 71 cases, 1 death, 65 recovered
- Union Co. - 219 cases, 2 death, 159 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 63 cases, 58 recovered