Gov. Beshear gives COVID-19 update amid special session, honors Webster Co. Judge

Green River District reports 766 new COVID cases, 5 new deaths
Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 1:09 PM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave another COVID-19 update Tuesday afternoon.

It was amid the Kentucky’s General Assembly’s special session the governor called Saturday to get get underway Tuesday morning.

It’s to consider several efforts to fight the spread of COVID, including the possibility of extending the state of emergency to January.

“We just got done with our highest week, it’s heartbreaking we have so many cases when we have vaccines,” said Gov. Beshear.

The governor says hospitals continue to be pushed to the brink.

The state is working to help that. Gov. Beshear says they are hiring outside vendors to take over testing, national guard teams and FEMA strike teams are called to help, and nursing students are helping.

The governor says they are working to increase monoclonal antibody treatments in hospitals.

He says only 44% of 18-29 year-olds are vaccinated. He says it’s frustrating because that’s the age group out more often.

Beshear also encourages people who are vaccinated to also get tested. “I worry vaccinated people have false confidence will stop masking thinking they’re not positive,” said Beshear.

Beshear says he’s pushing for universal masking in schools.

“It’s very clear across the country, if you do universal masking you can keep kids in school most of the time,” Beshear said. “It’s still a challenge, but it gives you the best option. If you don’t, nobody’s able to stay in school, whole towns end up getting shut down.”

The governor also honored Judge Tommy Wayne Chandler of Providence, a life-long public servant, who worked in numerous roles including: Providence city attorney, Webster County attorney, assistant commonwealth attorney, commonwealth attorney, circuit judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit and served as a member of the Webster County Board of Education for more than 25 years. He passed away at 84 from COVID-19.

“As a circuit judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, Judge Chandler distinguished himself as a thoughtful, fair and kind jurist,” said Gov. Beshear. “In retirement, Judge Chandler continued to work on behalf of the commonwealth and our people, including as a member of the state Personnel Board, a post that I and my father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, both named Judge Chandler to serve on. Judge Chandler represented the best of Kentucky. His loss to COVID-19 is a personal tragedy for his family and friends and mine.”

On Tuesday, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 766 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and five COVID related deaths.

They reported 350 cases in Daviess County, 36 in Hancock County, 191 in Henderson County, 16 in McLean County, 72 in Ohio County, 47 in Union County, and 54 in Webster County.

The COVID-19 related deaths were one resident of Hancock County, one resident of Henderson County, two residents of Ohio County, and one resident of Union County.

Muhlenberg County reported 60 new cases on Tuesday.

Kentucky residents can visit to find a vaccine location.

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

  • Daviess Co. - 13,997 cases, 213 deaths, 51.53% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 4,509 cases, 78 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 5,929 cases, 162 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 3,519 cases, 61 deaths, 35.69% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 6,678 cases, 90 deaths, 39.69% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,022 cases, 28 deaths, 39.69% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,177 cases, 32 deaths, 43.08% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,100 cases, 20 deaths, 32.70% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,113 cases, 17 deaths, 49.91% vaccinated

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