KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 628 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths, including three residents from our part of Kentucky.
The three reported deaths were a 70-year-old woman and 78-year-old man from Daviess County, as well as a 83-year-old woman from Webster County.
Kentucky is currently reporting that 59,370 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 3.82% statewide.
“Good news: We are still below 4% in our positivity rate at 3.82%. So again a couple of notes: It means that we have significant testing going on. It means our positivity rate is going down, which is a good thing,” Gov. Beshear said. “But remember, it’s not because we are testing folks that we do better, it’s because of our actions. It’s because of social distancing, it’s because of wearing a mask. We believe that mask mandate is working and without it our numbers and our positivity rate would go up.”
Out of these reported cases, 11,109 people have recovered from the virus.
The Governor says 76 new cases were from children ages 18 and younger.
As of Thursday, 1,093 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
“The end of this, once we survive it, is going to be an opportunity to write our future and write it in a way that we have always dreamed of," Gov. Beshear said. “We do have to get through COVID, though.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full Thursday press conference in the video below:
The Hopkins County Health Department website is showing their 38th COVID-19 death while two more people have tested positive. Health officials also reported a second COVID-19 related death on Thursday afternoon.
The county has now had 576 confirmed positive cases and 473 recoveries. They currently have 65 active cases.
The Hopkins County Health Department also announced that several local businesses have been issued citations due to employees not wearing masks or following the mandate requiring customers to wear masks.
The following businesses have been issued citations:
- EZ Mart
- Gill’s Fuel Mart
- Marco’s Pizza
- Wick’s Well
- Catering and Creations Express 1
- Sonic on North Main Street
- South Main Diner
According to the Governor’s mask mandate, a business is given a warning after its first infraction. If the same business violates the mandate again, the health department can issue fines that can range from $50 to $100.
14 News spoke with the YMCA in Hopkins County and gym officials sent us the following statement in part:
“The particular staff we received the citation on had a mask, however, was wearing it improperly. The mask did not cover both mouth and nose. Additional staff communication was put out in an effort to further educate staff on keeping themselves and others safe while at work, and there is signage in and out of the building, requiring masks.”
The Green River District is reporting 38 additional COVID-19 cases.
Of those new cases, 16 are in Union County, 15 are in Daviess County, four are in Ohio County, two are in Henderson County, and there is one new case in Webster County.
Green River health officials say they have a total of 2,757 confirmed cases. They say 2,353 people have recovered from the virus.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported seven additional COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
This brings the countywide number to 747 total cases. Out of these cases, 689 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.
Here are the numbers in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 1,190 cases, 13 deaths, 1,040 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 747 cases, 12 deaths, 689 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 576 cases, 39 deaths, 473 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 449 cases, 9 death, 409 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 606 cases, 4 deaths, 495 recovered
- Webster Co. - 143 cases, 3 death, 119 recovered
- McLean Co. - 71 cases, 1 death, 65 recovered
- Union Co. - 235 cases, 2 death, 166 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 63 cases, 59 recovered