KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced 3,711 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 21 additional deaths on Saturday afternoon.
“Today is our second highest day, just behind yesterday, with 3,711 new cases,” Gov. Beshear said. “We continue to be in exponential growth, which will threaten the health care capacity in this state. That’s why we’re taking action and that’s why we’re fighting back.”
Kentucky is reporting that 155,908 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 9.14% statewide.
As of Saturday, 1,783 residents have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear announced new COVID-19 restrictions that started on Friday and will last until December 13.
You can view the full executive order here.
The governor says these restrictions are necessary to combat the recent COVID-19 spread. He also voiced concern about reaching a point where not enough doctors and nurses will be available to care for the rising number of Kentuckians falling ill to the virus.
“I know these steps are hard, but I want to thank the vast majority of individuals and businesses out there – many that are hurt the most by these steps we’re taking – that are stepping up, agreeing and doing it right, knowing that the future of so many lives depends on it,” Gov. Beshear said. “And there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, with two effective vaccines. We’ve just got to get there. Let’s make sure that we work hard to protect one another, make sure our most vulnerable are there to get the vaccine. So mask up, follow these steps we’re taking the next three weeks and let’s stop this growth of the coronavirus.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full update in the video below:
The Green River District Health Department is reporting 141 new coronavirus cases and three COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday.
Of those cases, 45 are in Daviess County, 35 in Henderson County, 18 in Ohio County, 14 in Union County, 12 in McLean County, ten in Webster County and seven in Hancock County.
Health officials say out of the 7,427 reported cases, 5,795 people have recovered.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 12 additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
This brings the countywide number to 1,301 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 1,103 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 179 active cases.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 2,948 cases, 41 deaths, 2,321 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 1,244 cases, 19 deaths, 1,017 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 1,621 cases, 46 deaths, 1,065 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 858 cases, 14 deaths, 686 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 1,830 cases, 37 deaths, 1,438 recovered
- Webster Co. - 497 cases, 6 deaths, 368 recovered
- McLean Co. - 355 cases, 12 deaths, 246 recovered
- Union Co. - 674 cases, 6 deaths, 555 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 265 cases, 10 deaths, 181 recovered