Gov. Beshear: 2nd highest day of new COVID-19 cases, deaths in KY

5 more local COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky; 47 new cases in Green River District
Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:34 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:36 PM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,487 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 21 additional deaths on Wednesday afternoon.

The positivity rate currently stands at 4.99% statewide.

As of Wednesday, 1,363 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Gov. Beshear said the White House is saying Kentuckians in red or orange counties shouldn’t have gatherings at all beyond their immediate families.

“There is so much spread at family gatherings, events at the house, as well as weddings and funerals,” Gov. Beshear said. “At the very least, we need people to be a lot more cognizant of the dangers of these gatherings, especially when people aren’t wearing masks the whole time.”

Wednesday’s numbers are the highest number of cases ever reported on a single day, aside from the day when the Governor reported a significant backlog of cases from Lexington.

“The difference between where we are now and where we were in March is that now we know how to stop the spread,” Gov. Beshear said. “It’s like being in the challenge of your lifetime, it’s like being in a war – except you know 100% how to win. The question is, are you going to execute the plan to win?”

You can watch the live press conference in the video below:

On Wednesday, the Green River District Health Department reported five more COVID-19 related deaths and 47 additional cases.

Of those new cases, 15 are in Daviess County, 10 are in McLean County, nine are in Henderson County, five are in Hancock County, four are in Webster County, three are in Ohio County, and there’s one new case in Union County.

Green River health officials say four of those who died were residents of Henderson County and one was a resident of Daviess County.

The district has had 4,641 confirmed cases and 3,848 recoveries.

The Hopkins County Health Department reported 13 new cases. They have had a total of 962 cases and 709 recoveries.

Hopkins County currently has 211 active cases.

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported five additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

This brings the countywide number to 957 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 870 residents have fully recovered.

[You can find more statistics and a school case dashboard on the Kentucky Coronavirus Website]

Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:

  • Daviess Co. - 1,800 cases, 28 deaths, 1,604 recovered
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 957 cases, 14 deaths, 870 recovered
  • Hopkins Co. - 949 cases, 42 deaths, 699 recovered
  • Ohio Co. - 584 cases, 9 deaths, 494 recovered
  • Henderson Co. - 1,209 cases, 28 deaths, 897 recovered
  • Webster Co. - 286 cases, 5 deaths, 233 recovered
  • McLean Co. - 160 cases, 3 deaths, 108 recovered
  • Union Co. - 482 cases, 6 deaths, 311 recovered
  • Hancock Co. - 117 cases, 1 death, 90 recovered

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