KENTUCKY (WFIE) - On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman for a memorial flag ceremony on the Capitol grounds to commemorate the more than 3,300 Kentuckians lost to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Every flag you see represents a real Kentuckian, one who was and is loved by their families and friends, who meant something to the communities in which they lived,” Gov. Beshear said. “Each and every loss is singular and heartbreaking.”
Gov. Beshear stressed that despite the virus’ dark toll, Kentucky has fared far better than most states due to decisive action and the compassion and sacrifices of people across the commonwealth.
Beshear announced 2,756 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 36 additional deaths on Friday afternoon.
Kentucky is reporting that 340,779 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 10.80% statewide.
As of Friday, 3,337 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
“Folks, there’s a pretty simple reason why I think our cases are declining, and that’s that I see you all doing the hard work,” Gov. Beshear said. “I see people wearing masks now more than ever and engaging in social distancing when they can. Keep it up. We are going to beat this virus in 2021. We’ve just got to protect everyone until we get there.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full update in the video below:
On Friday, the Green River District Health Department reported five new COVID-19 related deaths and 131 additional cases.
Of those new cases, 73 are in Daviess County, 18 are in Henderson County, 15 are in Ohio Couty, 11 are in Union County, five are in Webster County, another five are in Hancock County and there are four new cases in McLean County.
Green River health officials say the new deaths include three residents of Daviess County, a resident of Henderson County and a resident of Ohio County.
The district has now had 16,655 total cases since the start of the pandemic. Officials say of those cases, 12,491 residents have recovered.
The Hopkins County coronavirus dashboard is showing 15 new cases Friday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county has recorded 3,388 total cases. Of those cases, 2,167 residents have recovered.
Hopkins County currently 1,107 active cases.
Muhlenberg County reported 10 new cases and two new deaths Friday.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 7,553 cases, 127 deaths, 5,670 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,444 cases, 48 deaths, 2,214 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 3,388 cases, 114 deaths, 2,167 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,011 cases, 37 deaths, 1,499 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 3,705 cases, 53 deaths, 2,735 recovered
- Webster Co. - 973 cases, 15 deaths, 711 recovered
- McLean Co. - 700 cases, 25 deaths, 537 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,093 cases, 10 deaths, 876 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 640 cases, 14 deaths, 463 recovered