KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 815 newly confirmed cases and 22 additional deaths on Wednesday afternoon.
Kentucky is reporting that 426,876 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 2.96% statewide.
As of Wednesday, 6,090 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
The governor also announced that state residents age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday, April 5.
Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17 year-olds.
“This is a good day. This news means that we will beat the president’s goal by a month to have COVID-19 vaccinations opened up to everyone,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are seeing in a number of states an increase in cases and hospitalizations, and it’s happening among younger people. We want to get ahead of the more aggressive COVID-19 variants and make sure that we fill every available appointment. Make a plan to get your shot of hope.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full update in the video below:
On Wednesday, the Green River District Health Department reported 27 additional COVID-19 cases.
Of those new cases, 17 are in Daviess County, six are in Henderson County, two are in McLean County, and there is one new case in both Hancock and Union counties.
Green River health officials say they have recorded a total of 20,789 cases since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Out of those reported cases, officials say 18,663 residents of the seven-county region have recovered from the virus.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported three new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
This brings the countywide number to 2,844 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 2,767 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 21 active cases.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 9,922 cases, 174 deaths, 8,970 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,844 cases, 56 deaths, 2,767 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 4,080 cases, 131 deaths, 3,775 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,438 cases, 53 deaths, 2,204 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,375 cases, 71 deaths, 3,831 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,168 cases, 19 deaths, 1,028 recovered
- McLean Co. - 840 cases, 28 deaths, 767 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,243 cases, 15 deaths, 1,139 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 803 cases, 16 deaths, 724 recovered