Gov. Andy Beshear offers incentive for speeding up vaccinations

Hopkins Co. reports 6 new COVID-19 deaths, 33 new cases over past week

Gov. Andy Beshear offers incentive for speeding up vaccinations

KENTUCKY (WFIE) - The Hopkins County Health Department reported six new COVID-19 related deaths and 33 additional cases over the past week.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county has seen 4,154 total cases. Out of those positive cases, 3,937 have recovered.

Hopkins County has 78 active cases in the community.

Muhlenberg County currently has four active cases. The health department reported one new case Monday.

The Green River District Health Department is reporting nine new coronavirus cases on Monday.

Of those new cases, health officials say eight are in Daviess County and one is in Union County.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 21,014 reported COVID-19 cases in the district. Health officials say 18,893 cases have recovered.

Governor Andy Beshear gave a COVID-19 briefing at 3 p.m.

You can watch it live below.

Governor Beshear has offered an incentive for speeding up the pace of vaccinations in the state. He said he plans to lift capacity restrictions at most venues and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons once 2.5 million residents have received at least their first shot.

In addition, he will end the curfew for bars and restaurants.

“The question is, how quickly can we get there? With the vaccine supply we have, we could get there in as little as three-and-a-half weeks from now. That minimum time frame might not be realistic, but we should get there in four to six weeks if we are intentional,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have to try everything to reach this point as quickly as possible. That will help us have a more normal summer than any of us could have imagined this winter.”

Masking would remain in effect and mass gatherings would still be limited until COVID-19 variants are under control and more Kentucky children are able to be vaccinated.

Governor Beshear said more than 1.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of the vaccine.

He is reporting 270 new cases and seven more deaths.

The positivity rate is slightly up in the state. It’s now at 3.16%.

As of April 5, Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination eligibility is expanded to include Phases 1, 2, and 3.

Anyone age 16 or older are eligible for Pfizer, and anyone age 18 and older are eligible for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health department to be placed on our scheduling list.

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to determine which phase they are in, find a vaccine location, and sign-up for update notifications.

Additional COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at vaccinefinder.org Retail pharmacies and health centers are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations.

Kentucky COVID-19 vaccine dashboard and information: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine.

Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 800-722-5725 can answer general COVID-19 vaccine questions.

Owensboro Health - You can make a new COVID-19 vaccination appointment online at owensborohealth.org/vaccine or by calling central scheduling at 270-685-7100.

Deaconess in Henderson County and Union County – COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at https://www.deaconess.com/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine.

Ohio County Healthcare - To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment visit https://ochcares.com/COVID or call 270-215-9082 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:

  • Daviess Co. - 10,041 cases, 175 deaths, 9,103 recovered
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 2,855 cases, 58 deaths, 2,783 recovered
  • Hopkins Co. - 4,121 cases, 133 deaths, 3,775 recovered
  • Ohio Co. - 2,451 cases, 55 deaths, 2,220 recovered
  • Henderson Co. - 4,419 cases, 72 deaths, 3,875 recovered
  • Webster Co. - 1,182 cases, 19 deaths, 1,037 recovered
  • McLean Co. - 846 cases, 28 deaths, 773 recovered
  • Union Co. - 1,259 cases, 15 deaths, 1,151 recovered
  • Hancock Co. - 816 cases, 16 deaths, 734 recovered

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