KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 963 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 37 additional deaths on Thursday afternoon.
Kentucky is reporting that 392,729 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 7.07% statewide.
As of Thursday, 4,373 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
Gov. Beshear revealed the next round of vaccination locations, confirming 28 additional sites throughout the state. The new locations announced Thursday include two Kroger-based sites in Madisonville and Owensboro.
This brings the statewide total to 291 vaccination sites in Kentucky.
“There is now a provider that has vaccine close to where everybody lives in the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “There are some areas where you might have to drive just a little bit further, but we continue to add new sites for greater convenience. In many ways, we wish you could just call one number to sign up, but we are building for the future so there will be many sites available when vaccine supply increases to what we need.”
Click here to see the list of new vaccination sites.
The Governor also provided an update on visitation protocols in some of the state’s long-term care facilities that will go into effect on Saturday, February 20.
“Indoor visitation will resume for non-Medicare-certified facilities that have been through the vaccination process: that includes assisted living facilities, personal care homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and independent living facilities,” Gov. Beshear said. “Group activities, communal dining and visitation amongst vaccinated residents will resume.”
The new visitation policies include the following requirements:
- Visitors must schedule with the facility ahead of time.
- Up to two visitors (if from the same household) can visit a resident at one time.
- Visitors need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the visit or of a COVID-19 vaccination.
Detailed guidance will be posted on Friday.
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full press briefing in the video below:
On Thursday, the Green River District Health Department reported 37 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths.
Of those new cases, 18 are in Daviess County, eight are in Ohio County, five are in Henderson County, four are in Webster County, and there is one new case in both Hancock and Union Counties.
Green River health officials say they have recorded 19,611 total positive cases since the coronavirus pandemic began. Out of those residents who tested positive, officials say 16,677 people have recovered.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported eight new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
This brings the countywide number to 2,696 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 2,565 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 80 active cases.
Hopkins County didn’t update their coronavirus dashboard Thursday because their health department is closed following inclement weather.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 9,234 cases, 149 deaths, 7,861 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,696 cases, 51 deaths, 2,565 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 3,767 cases, 127 deaths, 3,242 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,300 cases, 47 deaths, 1,977 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,175 cases, 57 deaths, 3,469 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,134 cases, 17 deaths, 956 recovered
- McLean Co. - 808 cases, 26 deaths, 707 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,200 cases, 13 deaths, 1,061 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 760 cases, 15 deaths, 636 recovered