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Kentucky surpasses 10K COVID-related deaths

Memorial scheduled to remember Kentuckians lost to COVID
Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 7:12 AM CST
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear gave a coronavirus update Monday afternoon, sharing both good news and bad news.

Governor Beshear says as of Monday, Kentucky surpassed 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

“COVID has become the number three killer of Kentuckians, both last year and thus far this year,” says Governor Beshear.

To honor those lost, the state will hold a memorial service on Sunday, November 14. He says the memorial will also honor healthcare workers and other first responders who are helping to fight the coronavirus.

”We, as a commonwealth, are hurting, and everybody has lost someone now,” says Governor Beshear. “There is going to be a lot of grief that we are going to have to process.”

The memorial will be held at Memorial Monument Park at 1 p.m. and will also be streamed on Facebook.

This comes after the governor says there were 1,158 new cases and 35 new deaths reported on Saturday. On Sunday, there were another 585 new cases and 19 new deaths.

Monday saw 642 new cases and 26 new deaths, including a 19-year-old woman.

Governor Beshear also says 687 Kentuckians have been hospitalized due to COVID, 196 people are in the ICU and 121 people are on a ventilator.

New Covid cases by Week
New Covid cases by Week(Gov. Beshear)
Positivity rate of Covid by week
Positivity rate of Covid by week(Gov. Beshear)

Beshear says although those numbers are still concerning, the inpatient census for Kentuckians hospitalized due to COVID-19 has declined. Staffing shortages have also decreased and is now under 44%.

Beshear says his favorite news to deliver Monday is to 5 to 11-year-olds who are now able to receive a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. He says those shots have been 90% effective.

You can go to vaccines.gov to find where to get a vaccine.

Beshear says 10,388 Kentuckians received a COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend, bringing the total number of Kentuckians vaccinated to 2,576,911 people.

The governor also says the state is still encouraging people to get their booster shots.

As a reminder, you can receive your booster shot if you are 65 and older, work around a large group of people, or have an underlying health condition.

Currently, Governor Beshear says 345,887 Kentuckians have gotten a booster shot.

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

  • Daviess Co. - 16,974 cases, 271 deaths, 53.36% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 5,633 cases, 91 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 8,171 cases, 198 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 4,522 cases, 82 deaths, 40.27% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 7,886 cases, 108 deaths, 50.48% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,477 cases, 38 deaths, 46.61% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,482 cases, 41 deaths, 49.32% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,458 cases, 34 deaths, 40.99% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,360 cases, 19 deaths, 59.36% vaccinated

You can watch the full briefing here:

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