KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced 723 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday afternoon.
Kentucky is reporting that 444,127 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 3.22% statewide.
As of Friday, 6,501 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
The governor confirmed 1,760,933 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. He also wished state residents a happy weekend ahead of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
“I hope all Kentuckians enjoy Oaks today and the Derby tomorrow – I know we’re so excited to get back to a more normal celebration of such a special tradition,” Gov. Beshear said. “It’s important to keep yourselves and others safe. Mask up when you’re inside or in large groups, and most important, get vaccinated if you haven’t yet.”
On Friday, the Green River District reported 33 new coronavirus cases.
Of the new cases reported, 18 were in Daviess County, seven were in Henderson County, three were in McLean County, two were in both Hancock and Webster counties, and there was one new case in Ohio County.
There was also a newly added death from Henderson County after a state audit of death certificates.
Out of the 21,560 reported COVID-19 cases in the district, health officials say 19,340 people have recovered.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported one new COVID-19 case on Friday.
This brings the countywide number to 2,901 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 2,812 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 29 active cases.
Kentucky’s 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.
For 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.
Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health department to be placed on the scheduling list.
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. - 10,318 cases, 176 deaths, 9,328 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,901 cases, 59 deaths, 2,812 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 4,247 cases, 139 deaths, 4,011 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,479 cases, 54 deaths, 2,247 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,574 cases, 76 deaths, 3,987 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,211 cases, 20 deaths, 1,058 recovered
- McLean Co. - 863 cases, 28 deaths, 786 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,274 cases, 15 deaths, 1,168 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 841 cases, 16 deaths, 760 recovered