KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced 920 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional deaths on Friday afternoon.
Kentucky is reporting that 409,345 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 4.25% statewide.
As of Friday, 4,754 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
“Team Kentucky should be so proud of the progress we’ve made against this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’ve got to keep up our commitment to each other until we reach the finish line – on COVID-19, and in recovering from other emergencies our state has experienced, like the ice storm and record flooding we’ve seen in recent weeks. No matter the challenge, our people come together to get through it.”
On Friday, the Green River District Health Department is reporting another COVID-19 related death and 22 new cases.
Of those new cases, 14 are in Daviess County, five are in Ohio County, and there’s one new case in each Hancock, Henderson and Webster Counties.
Green River health officials say the new death was a resident of Daviess County.
The district has recorded a total of 20,146 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began. Out of those cases, officials say 18,068 residents of the seven-county region have recovered.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported eight new COVID-19 cases on Friday.
This brings the countywide number to 2,774 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 2,641 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 79 active cases.
Kentucky is now loosening restrictions for some businesses after seven straight weeks of declining cases.
They will be moving to 60% capacity.
This new regulation applies to salons and barbershops, bars and restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, offices and retail locations, among many others.
Business owners tell 14 News the 60% capacity is a sign of hope that things are getting better here in Kentucky. Plus, summer could be more fun this year.
”I think with the weather getting warmer and the vaccine coming out, I think more people will comfortable getting out being in businesses and restaurants,” shared Brooklyn Patterson, owner of Creme Coffee House. “It’s amazing.”
The governor says for capacity limits to increase more, it will depend on trends and an increased vaccine supply.
As a reminder, private social gatherings are limited to a maximum of two households and a maximum of eight people.
More vaccination clinics are also coming to our Kentucky counties.
Gov. Beshear says a new vaccine site is coming to a Kroger store in Daviess County.
A site is also set to open at Walmart in Ohio County.
The governor says the state now has 567 vaccination sites.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 9,573 cases, 160 deaths, 8,635 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,774 cases, 54 deaths, 2,641 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 3,865 cases, 127 deaths, 3,537 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,376 cases, 48 deaths, 2,124 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,243 cases, 60 deaths, 3,731 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,144 cases, 17 deaths, 1,012 recovered
- McLean Co. - 823 cases, 26 deaths, 752 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,216 cases, 13 deaths, 1,117 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 771 cases, 15 deaths, 697 recovered