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Gov. Beshear releases ‘Red Zone Reduction Recommendations’

4 area counties in the red
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 8:14 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 4:08 PM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear held a Team Kentucky update Thursday.

During his weekly update, the Governor’s team released some recommendations for those counties that are in the COVID-19 red zone.

Currently, four of our counties in western Kentucky are in that critical zone.

Those include Muhlenberg, Hopkins, Webster and Hancock Counties.

Kentucky COVID-19 incident rate map as of 7/21.
Kentucky COVID-19 incident rate map as of 7/21.(Kentucky Department for Public Health)

The governor’s team released the following recommendations for those counties to reduce their cases.

Red Zone Reduction Recommendations.
Red Zone Reduction Recommendations.(Team Kentucky.)

The Hopkins County Health Department posted on Facebook, warning the community about the increase in new cases

The Hopkins County Fair kicks off next week, but COVID-19 cases are on the rise. There aren’t any restrictions for events, so all events, like the fair, are still moving forward as planned for now.

“Fortunately, most of the events coming up are going to be outdoors,” Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield Jr. said. “I have no plans to ask any of those events to not happen, it’s very important for people to get out and socialize, get out and do things because we know there are other negative effects of isolation.”

Health department officials say large gatherings could cause more outbreaks, especially among the unvaccinated. Their Facebook post Thursday says, “If you’re unvaccinated, it’s not a matter of if you will catch COVID, it’s that you will catch it.”

“I would ask people to talk to their medical providers, their doctors and medical professionals about the virus and the vaccine to make an informed decision on what they need to be doing, and to not get on social media to get their medical advice,” Whitfield said.

The rise in cases, with no restrictions in place from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, puts officials in a tough spot.

“We’re trying to have a balancing act of interaction and safety from the virus,” Whitfield said.

You can watch Governor Beshear’s full Team Kentucky update below.

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported six new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since Wednesday.

Out of these six cases, health officials say five patients were unvaccinated.

This brings the countywide number to 3,230 total cases.

Muhlenberg County now has 114 active cases.

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

  • Daviess Co. - 10,903 cases, 191 deaths, 43.90% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 3,230 cases, 66 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 4,770 cases, 152 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 2,607 cases, 56 deaths, 30.73% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 4,945 cases, 82 deaths, 34.34% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 1,440 cases, 22 deaths, 32.15% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 905 cases, 30 deaths, 37.11% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 1,411 cases, 15 deaths, 27.66% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 877 cases, 16 deaths, 44.36% vaccinated

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