KY Gov. Beshear recommends virtual services for houses of worship

4 new local COVID-19 deaths reported in KY; Green River District reports 128 new cases

KY Gov. Beshear recommends virtual services for houses of worship

KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 3,649 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 30 additional deaths.

Thursday’s COVID-19 report is the single-day record for new cases, as well as the second highest daily total of coronavirus-related deaths.

Kentucky is reporting that 148,390 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 9.18% statewide, which is the state’s highest since May.

The state’s top five highest days for COVID-19 cases were recorded in the last week. 78 deaths have been reported in the last three days throughout Kentucky.

As of Thursday, 1,742 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.

The governor also issued a new recommendation for houses of worship, requesting them to hold virtual services starting Friday.

Beshear characterized Kentucky as being “on fire” by saying the COVID spread is uncontrolled. Health officials counted 35 times in the past six weeks where church services or church potluck dinners have been the source for multiple new cases of coronavirus.

However, that’s not deterring some religious leaders.

“We believe that Americans have the choice to worship the way they want to worship, so we’ll continue,” HIS Church Pastor Brian Gibson explained. “We offer our services online for those at-risk, those that are older.”

Bishop William Medley with the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro says its churches continue to use physical distancing, masking, as well as holding services at a 50% capacity limit.

“We cannot confirm even a single instance of any transmission that’s happened within our churches,” Bishop Medley shared. “So at this time, I’m advising pastors to not suspend public worship.”

The Governor would like to see either virtual or drive-up services for at least three weeks.

You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full update in the video below:

On Thursday, the Green River District Health Department reported two more COVID-19 related deaths and 128 new cases.

Of those new cases, 49 are in Daviess County, 24 are in Henderson County, 18 are in Webster County, 13 are in Ohio County, 12 are in Union County, eight are in Hancock County, and four new cases are in McLean County.

Green River health officials say one of the COVID-19 related deaths was a resident of Daviess County and the other was a resident of Hancock County.

The district has had 7,149 confirmed positive cases and 5,623 recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 24 additional COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

This brings the countywide number to 1,268 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 1,090 residents have fully recovered.

Muhlenberg County now has 159 active cases.

The Hopkins County Health Department’s coronavirus dashboard is showing two new COVID-19 related deaths and 38 new cases Thursday. The county has now had 1,592 positive cases and 1,030 recoveries.

Hopkins County currently has 516 active cases.

Hopkins County leaders held a Facebook Live update Thursday morning where they discussed Governor Andy Beshear’s new COVID-19 restrictions.

You can watch that update below.

On Wednesday, Governor Andy Beshear announced new COVID-19 restrictions that will start on Friday and will last until December 13.

You can view the full executive order here.

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

  • Daviess Co. - 2,811 cases, 41 deaths, 2,239 recovered
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 1,244 cases, 19 deaths, 1,017 recovered
  • Hopkins Co. - 1,592 cases, 46 deaths, 1,030 recovered
  • Ohio Co. - 826 cases, 14 deaths, 668 recovered
  • Henderson Co. - 1,783 cases, 37 deaths, 1,408 recovered
  • Webster Co. - 485 cases, 6 deaths, 357 recovered
  • McLean Co. - 338 cases, 12 deaths, 240 recovered
  • Union Co. - 655 cases, 6 deaths, 541 recovered
  • Hancock Co. - 251 cases, 10 deaths, 170 recovered

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