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Gov. Beshear confirms new death due to Dec. 10 tornadoes; toll reaches 77

Gov. Beshear provides update on Covid-19, storm relief efforts
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Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 12:29 PM CST
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Beshear discussed the state’s response to the tornado damage across the commonwealth and provided the latest information on the coronavirus in Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear announced another death has been confirmed as a result of the tornadoes. He says that death was of an infant, bringing the death toll to 77 Kentuckians.

“Today’s tornado update starts with tough news. Tragically today we’re announcing another death has been confirmed. And this is one that rips at the very fabric of who we are. This is a loss of another young life, an infant from Graves County,” He said.

Officials say this was the deadliest tornado outbreak the U.S. has seen in well over a decade.

The governor reminded people to apply for FEMA assistance. He says there are already more than 11,400 validated registrants with over $4.7 million approved.

FEMA currently has nine mobile registration centers in the following counties:

- Christian County

- Graves County

- Hart County

- Hickman County

- Hopkins County

- Logan County

- Lyon County

- Muhlenberg County

- Ohio County

Officials say three additional Disaster Recovery Centers have opened, bringing the total to seven. The new locations are in Fulton, Marshall and Graves counties.

Gov. Beshear says a new website was launched last week to provide resources to those affected by the storms.

“We want to make sure that every individual and family in Western Kentucky who has lost their home, property, employment, transportation or important documentation can easily access the information they need to apply for assistance and work to quickly recover from these storms,” says Gov. Beshear.

The website provides a listing of information from a large number of state government assistance programs, including how to apply for unemployment insurance, health care coverage, food assistance and more.

You can find that website here.

Gov. Beshear says the Omicron variant is increasing significantly across the states.

On Christmas, 1,946 new Covid cases and 34 Covid-related deaths were reported. On Sunday, 981 new Covid cases and 22 Covid-related deaths were reported. On Monday, 1,342 new Covid cases and 17 Covid-related deaths were reported.

The Governor said 62% of all Kentuckians have received at least their first dose, as well as 66% of Kentuckians ages 5 and older and 73% of all Kentucky adults.

You can watch the full briefing here:

Muhlenberg County Health officials reported Monday 60 new COVID-19 cases.

There will be free COVID-19 testing at Muhlenberg County Health Department on January 3-5.

You must call for an appointment. The number is 270-754-3200.

Updated COVID-19 numbers from the Green River Area Health District, which includes most of our counties, are released on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find vaccine locations.

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

  • Daviess Co. - 19,304 cases, 307 deaths, 56.64% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 6,246 cases, 97 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 9,192 cases, 220 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 5,041 cases, 90 deaths, 42.49% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 8,691 cases, 135 deaths, 54.82% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,624 cases, 46 deaths, 49.44% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,705 cases, 43 deaths, 52.25% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,823 cases, 46 deaths, 44,27% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,575 cases, 20 deaths, 63.05% vaccinated

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