KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced 785 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths on Wednesday afternoon.
Kentucky is reporting that 438,927 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 3.39% statewide.
As of Wednesday, 6,373 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
The governor is encouraging Kentuckians 16 and older to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment so the commonwealth can reach its 2.5 million vaccine goal. Once that goal is reached, he says the state will lift most capacity restrictions on many Kentucky businesses.
“As we can see from today’s case numbers, this virus isn’t going away on its own,” Gov. Beshear said. “We have to come together to stop it. Hundreds of Kentuckians are still getting sick every day. Our people are still dying from COVID-19. But we have the power to defeat this pandemic now, and the way we can do that is by choosing to get vaccinated.”
Henderson County is back in the red on the state’s incidence rate map. This means that they’ve seen an average of more than 25 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people over the past week.
On Wednesday, the Green River District Health Department reported 30 new COVID-19 cases.
Out of those cases, 17 were in Daviess County, four were in both McLean and Webster counties, three were in Henderson County, and there was one new case in both Hancock and Ohio counties.
Out of the 21,313 reported COVID-19 cases in the district, health officials say 19,109 cases have recovered.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department is reporting three new cases. Health officials say there are currently 17 active cases in the county.
Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination eligibility has expanded to include Phases 1, 2, and 3.
Anyone age 16 or older is eligible for Pfizer, and anyone age 18 and older is 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. - 10,189 cases, 176 deaths, 9,221 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,872 cases, 59 deaths, 2,794 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 4,197 cases, 139 deaths, 3,990 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,467 cases, 55 deaths, 2,236 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,503 cases, 75 deaths, 3,923 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,196 cases, 20 deaths, 1,045 recovered
- McLean Co. - 856 cases, 28 deaths, 780 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,270 cases, 15 deaths, 1,162 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 832 cases, 16 deaths, 742 recovered