Thursday Regional COVID-19 Update

Another record high day of new COVID-19 cases was announced by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear Thursday afternoon.

During his last news conference for the week, Beshear shared there were 1,260 new cases and 20 new deaths to report Thursday. He added the state’s positivity rate increased to a four-week high of 4.94-percent.

Beshear continued to stress more days like this are on the horizon if corrective action is not taken.

He added Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack recently visited with the Todd and Christian County health departments. The recent visit was in regards to a big portion of western Kentucky being in the state’s ‘red’ zone.

He said health departments like the one in Christian County have been telling people what to do to no avail.

In sad news from Thursday, officials with the Christian County Health Department confirmed two COVID-linked deaths.

Spokeswoman Amanda Sweeney said the first was a 94-year-old Caucasian female and the second was a 91-year-old Caucasian female. She added both had underlying health conditions and that their thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of those we have lost.

Also, Sweeney confirmed 20 new cases Thursday with the county total now at 1,659. Currently, there are 229 active cases with 145 either 59 or younger and 84 either 60 or older. Sweeney said there have been 1,402 recoveries and 28 deaths since mid-March.

Officials with the Pennyrile District Health Department confirmed 2 new cases in Caldwell and Lyon counties Thursday. In Caldwell County, a 72-year-old female is hospitalized and this is the 218th case. Meanwhile in Lyon County, a 47-year old male is isolated at home and the 90th case.

In Todd County, five new cases were confirmed Thursday. The new cases comprise of four adults and one minor with the county reporting a total of 259 cases and 37 deemed active.