KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 3,728 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 58 additional deaths on Thursday afternoon.
Gov. Beshear says this is the highest single-day total for COVID-19 related deaths so far.
Kentucky is reporting that 338,034 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 11.05% statewide.
As of Thursday, 3,301 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
The Governor says the vaccine demand is bigger than the supply right now. Over the last week, 83,624 people in Kentucky were vaccinated for COVID-19. However, the state is only expecting to receive 56,825 doses from the federal government next week.
“To everybody out there who wants their vaccine now, I get it,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is a deadly virus. This is why everybody can’t get it right now at the same moment. We’re ready to get it to you. Dr. Stack said yesterday we could probably do 250,000 vaccines a week, but we’re only getting 57,000 from the federal government. The supply simply isn’t there. We can’t give vaccines we don’t have.”
State leaders are also working to lessen the digital divide. The goal is to provide internet access to all Kentuckians.
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced the launch of the Kentucky Broadband Speed Test, a crowd-sourcing project that will gather data from Kentuckians needed to expand internet home access for distance learning, telework and telehealth.
“There is a digital divide in households across Kentucky, especially in rural areas, that has become even more apparent during the pandemic when so many people need it to attend school, go to work, get government services and conduct personal business from home,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “As an educator, I am especially concerned about the 13,000, or 2% of Kentucky students, who lack internet access at home so they are basically cut off from their teachers and classrooms. We have to do better by them.”
“We need as many Kentuckians as possible to take this internet speed test, to get an accurate picture of who has adequate internet access across the state,” Gov. Beshear said. “The more speed tests taken, the better understanding we will have of our state’s internet capabilities, and the better prepared we will be to repair and expand it.”
Click here to take the free, anonymous speed test. State leaders urge Kentuckians to undergo the test sometime before February 18.
You can watch Gov Beshear’s full briefing in the video below:
On Thursday, the Green River District Health Department reported three more COVID-19 related deaths and 235 more cases.
Of those new cases, 132 are in Daviess County, 44 are in Henderson County, 17 are in Union County, 15 are in Ohio County, 14 are in Hancock County, seven are in McLean County, and there are six new cases in Webster County.
Green River health officials say the new deaths included a resident of Daviess County, a resident of Hancock County, and a resident of Ohio County.
The district has now recorded 16,524 total confirmed cases. Officials say of those cases, 12,264 residents have made recoveries.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 6 new COVID-19 cases and 1 death on Thursday.
This brings the countywide number to 2,434 total cases and 46 deaths. Out of these reported cases, 2,214 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 174 active cases.
The Hopkins County Health Department’s coronavirus dashboard is showing another death and 31 new cases Thursday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county has seen a total of 3,373 positive cases. Of those cases, 2,108 resident has recovered from the virus.
Hopkins County currently has 1,151 active cases.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 7,460 cases, 124 deaths, 5,578 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,434 cases, 46 deaths, 2,214 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 3,373 cases, 114 deaths, 2,108 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 1,996 cases, 36 deaths, 1,455 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 3,687 cases, 52 deaths, 2,690 recovered
- Webster Co. - 968 cases, 15 deaths, 693 recovered
- McLean Co. - 696 cases, 25 deaths, 526 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,082 cases, 10 deaths, 870 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 635 cases, 14 deaths, 452 recovered