KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,068 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 28 additional deaths on Thursday afternoon.
Kentucky is reporting that 408,440 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The positivity rate currently stands at 4.45% statewide. The governor says this is the lowest the positivity rate has been since October 12.
As of Thursday, 4,732 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
Gov. Beshear also released the locations of 157 new COVID-19 vaccination sites. This brings the total number of vaccine locations throughout the state to 567 sites.
“This means that vaccine locations are getting closer and closer to you. This is the infrastructure we have to build,” Gov. Beshear said. “The President told us earlier this week that every American adult who wants a shot can get their shot of hope by the end of May. That means that if we can get everybody interested, we’re going to vaccinate another 2.5 million people in the next three months.”
Some of the local vaccination sites announced Thursday includes one Kroger site in Daviess County and one Walmart site in Ohio County.
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s entire briefing in the video below:
On Thursday, the Green River District Health Department reported 20 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths.
Of those new cases, nine are in Daviess County, eight are in Ohio County, and there is one new case in each Henderson, Union and Webster counties.
Green River health officials say they have recorded 20,125 total cases since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Out of those cases, officials say 18,009 residents of the seven-county region have made recoveries.
Clay Drug Store in Webster County says it’s receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and will likely be distributed within the next week.
Kentucky residents can schedule an appointment by calling the drug store during normal business hours at 270-664-2270.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported two new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
This brings the countywide number to 2,766 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 2,641 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 71 active cases.
Kentucky is loosening restrictions for some businesses starting Friday.
There have been seven straight weeks of decline in cases.
Things will be moving to 60% capacity.
This new regulation applies to salons and barbershops, bars and restaurants, movie theaters, officers and retail locations, among many others.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 9,559 cases, 159 deaths, 8,601 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,764 cases, 54 deaths, 2,639 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 3,865 cases, 127 deaths, 3,537 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,371 cases, 48 deaths, 2,116 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,242 cases, 60 deaths, 3,720 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,143 cases, 17 deaths, 1,011 recovered
- McLean Co. - 823 cases, 26 deaths, 752 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,217 cases, 13 deaths, 1,115 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 770 cases, 15 deaths, 694 recovered