KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave a COVID-19 update at 3 p.m.
He announces that this is the 11th straight week of declining cases in the Commonwealth.
Governor Beshear says 1,319,323 Kentuckians have received the vaccine. He states that is about 40% of the adult population.
The governor is reporting 310 new cases and 11 more deaths. He says the deaths have occurred over the last few months.
The positivity rate sits at 2.89%.
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More people across the Commonwealth will be able to get their COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.
Now, those 40 and older can start getting their shot after an order from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.
During his update, the governor was asked about the statewide mask mandate, and if Kentucky would soon follow suit of states like Indiana. Governor Beshear called the move by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb to lower the statewide mask mandate “concerning.”
“Governor Holcomb has been flexible at different times in the past,” says Governor Beshear, “where he has moved a certain direction, and then, either case increase or others, and they’ve at least stopped. So my hope is he hears the president’s call and reconsiders. He’s a reasonable person. We’ve had good conversations. This is one I hope he reconsiders, and if I have the opportunity, I’ll certainly ask him personally.”
The governor also highlighted four vaccine locations across the state where appointments are readily available for those who qualify, including at Owensboro Health.
Those 16 and older can sign up to be on the vaccine waitlist at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.
Hospital officials say they’re still going to prioritize those in Phase 1A through 1C and those 50 and older. However, officials say if they see open appointment slots, they’ll start making appointments for those on the waitlist.
Officials encourage everyone to sign up through their website.
Ohio County Healthcare is now scheduling vaccinations for anyone 18 and older. Officials say priority scheduling will be given to those in phases 1A, 1B and 1C.
You can schedule appointments online or by calling 270-215-9082. Officials say they have appointment slots open as early as Friday of this week.
On Monday, the Green River District Health Department reported 32 additional COVID-19 cases and no new deaths.
Of those new cases, 14 are in Daviess County, 11 are in Henderson County, there are two new cases in each Ohio, Union and Webster counties, and there’s one new case in Hancock County.
Last week, the district saw 171 reported cases along with six COVID-19 related deaths.
Green River health officials say they have recorded a total of 20,728 cases since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Out of those cases, officials say 18,580 residents of the seven-county region recovered.
Muhlenberg County health officials are reporting two new cases. They say there are now 18 active cases in the county.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 9,885 cases, 175 deaths, 8,923 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,835 cases, 56 deaths, 2,752 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 4,026 cases, 129 deaths, 3,754 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,433 cases, 53 deaths, 2,199 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,365 cases, 71 deaths, 3,816 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,167 cases, 19 deaths, 1,021 recovered
- McLean Co. - 837 cases, 28 deaths, 765 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,240 cases, 15 deaths, 1,135 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 801 cases, 16 deaths, 721 recovered