KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,260 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths, including seven from counties in our part of Kentucky.
This is the second consecutive day with more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases.
Kentucky is currently reporting that 84,273 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The positivity rate currently stands at 4.94% statewide, which is the highest in nearly four weeks.
Out of these reported cases, 16,928 people have recovered from the virus.
The Governor says 168 new cases were from children ages 18 and younger.
As of Thursday, 1,296 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
“We just can’t ignore it. We can’t pretend like it’s not here,” Gov. Beshear said. “We can’t allow the fact that we are inconvenienced make us pretend that the virus isn’t with us and isn’t deadly.”
14 News asked the Governor’s Office about his concerns over the increasing number of coronavirus cases in western Kentucky.
“Here’s the sad thing - what all of our local health departments, including these are saying is they’re out there trying their hardest, and when they try to tell people they need to wear a mask to prevent the spread, people refuse,” Gov Beshear said. “Sometimes they laugh at them, sometimes they yell at them. They go into businesses and those businesses refuse to follow any of the requirements. One individual had people knocking on their door late at night just to yell at them. It’s that type of callousness that harms other people around us.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full Thursday press conference in the video below:
On Thursday, The Green River District Health Department reported two new COVID-19 deaths and 59 additional cases.
Of those new cases, 21 are in Henderson County, 10 new cases are in both Daviess and Union counties, nine are in Ohio County, and three new cases in each Hancock, McLean and Webster counties.
Green River health officials say the coronavirus related deaths were a Union County resident and a Webster County resident.
They have had a total of 4,316 confirmed cases in the district along with 3,440 recoveries.
The Hopkins County Health Department showed 17 new cases. They have seen a total of 886 confirmed cases and 636 recoveries.
Hopkins County currently has 211 active cases.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported eight additional COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
This brings the countywide number to 917 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 820 residents have fully recovered.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 1,706 cases, 24 deaths, 1,455 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 917 cases, 12 deaths, 820 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 886 cases, 39 deaths, 636 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 560 cases, 9 death, 467 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 1,125 cases, 22 deaths, 784 recovered
- Webster Co. - 258 cases, 5 death, 201 recovered
- McLean Co. - 119 cases, 2 death, 91 recovered
- Union Co. - 445 cases, 6 death, 361 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 103 cases, 1 death, 81 recovered