KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is giving a coronavirus update at 3 p.m.
Governor Beshear reports 647 new cases of COVID-19 along with nine new deaths. This brings the total in the state to 88,247 confirmed positive cases and 1,326 total COVID-19 related deaths.
He says this is the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported on a Monday.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission is ending its moratorium on disconnections for nonpayment for the utilities it regulates on Oct. 20. Governor Beshear signed an executive order Monday that ends the statewide moratorium on disconnections for nonpayment on Nov. 6, but takes additional steps to help Kentuckians.
The executive order designates $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund, which will provide relief for Kentuckians at risk of natural gas, water, wastewater or electric service disconnection. The order will also require utilities to create a payment plan for residential customers that runs no less than six months.
It will continue to waive late fees on utility bills for residential customers through Dec. 31.
“Customers will apply through Community Action of Kentucky, but the funds will go directly to the utility. Community Action administers the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP and is accustomed to assisting Kentuckians in paying their utility bills,” said Gov. Beshear. “While this is a difficult time for many Kentuckians, this is another resource for our families.”
You can watch it live below.
On Monday, the Green River District Health Department reported 68 new COVID-19 cases.
Of those new cases, 22 are in Daviess County, 19 are in Henderson County, 11 are in Union County, eight are in McLean County, five are in Webster County, two are in Ohio County, and there’s one new case in Hancock County.
Green River health officials say last week the district saw an additional 374 reported cases and 17 COVID-19 related deaths.
The district has now had 4,522 total confirmed cases. They say 3,661 people have recovered from the virus.
The Hopkins County Health Department reported 29 new cases from over the weekend. This brings them to an all-time total of 934 cases. They have also had 671 recoveries.
Hopkins County currently has 222 active cases.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department is reporting three new coronavirus cases and two new COVID-19 related deaths.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 1,765 cases, 26 deaths, 1,544 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 945 cases, 14 deaths, 840 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 934 cases, 41 deaths, 671 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 574 cases, 9 death, 485 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 1,186 cases, 24 deaths, 842 recovered
- Webster Co. - 276 cases, 5 death, 220 recovered
- McLean Co. - 139 cases, 3 death, 99 recovered
- Union Co. - 476 cases, 6 death, 384 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 106 cases, 1 death, 87 recovered