Ky. Gov. Beshear: All events hosting 1,000 people or fewer can increase to 75% capacity on May 28
Green River District shows 41 new COVID cases
KENTUCKY (WFIE) - During the state’s coronavirus update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 655 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths on Thursday afternoon.
Kentucky is reporting that 447,582 residents have tested positive since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The positivity rate currently stands at 3.51% statewide.
As of Thursday, 6,548 people have died across the commonwealth due to complications with COVID-19.
The governor also revealed that all indoor and outdoor events holding 1,000 people or less can be held at 75% capacity, starting on Friday, May 28.
On the same day, all events hosting 1,000 people or more can be held at 60% capacity.
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now projecting a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases by July. I’m hoping we’ll be fully done with all capacity restrictions by July. That is my expectation,” Gov. Beshear said. “We don’t have to be patient for that much longer, but we do have to finish our work and protect the people around us.”
You can watch Gov. Beshear’s full press conference in the video below:
On Thursday, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 41 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Of those, 18 were in Daviess County, 15 in Henderson County, five in Ohio County, two in Union County, and one in Webster County.
There have been 21,753 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date. There have been 392 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported two new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
This brings the countywide number to 2,911 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 2,826 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 25 active cases.
State leaders are also continuing their push to boost the state’s vaccination rates. This week, Gov. Beshear said younger people are lagging behind in the vaccination efforts.
Local officials with the Green River District Health Department say they have seen vaccination rates tank recently.
“And that directly correlates with the fact that those that have been most eager have had that opportunity already,” Clay Horton with the Green River District Health Department said. “So yes, you know, it was kind of astonishing. It dropped off very quickly.”
Baptist Health Madisonville officials say they are also seeing the same problem.
In late February and early March, officials said they were giving 300-400 shots per day. Now, they report they are giving 45-50 doses per day.
Anyone age 16 or older is eligible for Pfizer, and anyone age 18 and older is eligible for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.
You can find vaccine clinic locations at vaccine.ky.gov. Retail pharmacies and health centers are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 10,423 cases, 181 deaths, 9,404 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,911 cases, 59 deaths, 2,826 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 4,303 cases, 145 deaths, 4,059 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,497 cases, 55 deaths, 2,248 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,623 cases, 77 deaths, 4,041 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,216 cases, 20 deaths, 1,064 recovered
- McLean Co. - 865 cases, 28 deaths, 787 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,284 cases, 15 deaths, 1,173 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 845 cases, 16 deaths, 765 recovered
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