KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,342 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 18 additional deaths.
Kentucky is currently reporting that 129,680 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 8.29% statewide.
As of Thursday, 1,622 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
“Remember, what this is supposed to do is provide a way for communities to come together to stop the virus,” Gov. Beshear said. “Anybody who can work virtually is going to work virtually. Any service that can be done virtually will be. We are going to live up to what we’re asking other people to do.”
During Thursday’s briefing, Beshear specifically mentioned our area following Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to move away from Stage 5 on Wednesday.
“You see not just in the Louisville area, but also in the Evansville, Henderson, Daviess, Union County area - red counties in Kentucky, right across the river from Indiana," Gov. Beshear said. “In the beginning, almost all of our red counties were on the Tennessee border. Yes, we need our bordering states to step up their actions - Indiana is doing it."
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full Thursday press conference in the video below:
On Thursday, the Green River District Health Department reported 110 new COVID-19 cases.
Of those new cases, 35 are in Daviess County, 24 are in Henderson County, 24 are in Ohio County, there are eight in both Hancock and McLean counties, six are in Webster County, and there are five new cases in Union County.
Green River health officials say there have been 6,338 reported cases in the district and 5,010 people have recovered from the virus.
The Hopkins County Health Department’s coronavirus dashboard is showing 52 new cases. Since the start of the pandemic, Hopkins County has had 1,411 confirmed cases and 902 recoveries.
They currently have 465 active cases.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 13 additional COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
This brings the countywide number to 1,124 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 1,015 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 90 active cases.
The Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing at the Graham Fire Department on Monday, as well as the Dunmor Fire Department on Wednesday. To schedule an appointment, contact health officials by calling 270-754-3200.
Kentucky continues to see record-high cases of COVID-19.
According to the incident rate map, most counties across the state are in the red, including all of our western Kentucky counties.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 2,488 cases, 34 deaths, 1,996 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 1,111 cases, 18 deaths, 992 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 1,411 cases, 44 deaths, 902 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 750 cases, 11 deaths, 607 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 1,615 cases, 36 deaths, 1,255 recovered
- Webster Co. - 409 cases, 5 deaths, 313 recovered
- McLean Co. - 288 cases, 9 deaths, 204 recovered
- Union Co. - 581 cases, 6 deaths, 497 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 207 cases, 6 deaths, 138 recovered