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Gov. Andy Beshear reports 285 new COVID-19 cases

33 new COVID cases in Green River District
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 10:16 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is giving a COVID-19 update at 3 p.m. CT.

Governor Beshear says about 54% of Kentucky’s adult population is vaccinated. 80% of adults over 65 are vaccinated.

He says there are 285 new cases and six more deaths in the state.

The governor reports those ages 10 to 19 have the highest incident rate.

The positivity rate is currently sitting at 2.78%.

During his briefing, Governor Beshear announced Kentuckians will keep their extra unemployment benefits for now. However, he noted they can’t go on forever.

”The extra unemployment benefits are putting about $34 million a week into our economy. They’re going into groceries, that’s the number one thing being bought. They’re going into retail, so an immediate termination of those benefits would hurt a lot of groups; restaurants and others,” explained Governor Beshear.

You can watch it live below.

Gov. Andy Beshear also announced that the commonwealth’s economic outlook continues to strengthen as the number of new jobs announced by private-sector businesses trends upward.

“We have worked diligently to lay the groundwork that is allowing us to sprint out of the pandemic and become leaders in the post-COVID economy. Now we’re beginning to see the fruits of our labor, as all signs point to an economy on the rise and a better Kentucky for the years ahead,” said Gov. Beshear. “A core tenet of this administration is creating greater opportunities for Kentuckians in every corner of the commonwealth, and it’s exciting to see so many companies announce new, well-paying jobs for our residents. Kentucky is experiencing strong momentum, and our state is fully prepared for continued growth moving forward.”

On Monday, the Green River District Health Department reported 33 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Officials say there are 14 in Daviess County, one in Hancock County, nine in Henderson County, one in McLean County, two in Ohio County, four in Union County, and two in Webster County.

There have been 22,064 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

Muhlenberg County is reporting three more deaths and seven new cases. Health officials say there are 24 active cases in the county.

Owensboro Health will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Friday After 5 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on May 21.

Vaccines will be available for ages 12 and up, and a guardian is required for those aged 12-17.

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. - 10,540 cases, 182 deaths, 36.59% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 2,950 cases, 62 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 4,339 cases, 146 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 2,522 cases, 56 deaths, 26.83% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 4,706 cases, 78 deaths, 29.47% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 1,259 cases, 20 deaths, 28.03% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 870 cases, 28 deaths, 33.28% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 1,313 cases, 15 deaths, 23.71% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 854 cases, 16 deaths, 80.28% vaccinated

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