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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Over 1,000 Covid-19 Deaths to Date, Flags Ordered to Half Staff

Gov. Beshear will hold a direct address on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to have an in-depth conversation about Covid-19 and how Kentucky can move forward. 


By Jessie Eden

Governor Andy Beshear revealed some somber news in his daily press conference on Wednesday. Over 1,000 Kentuckians have now died from the coronavirus. In comparison, Ohio has seen around 4,000 deaths. The state of New York has seen over 33,000.




As a result, Gov. Beshear ordered all flags at state buildings to be lowered to half staff starting Thursday for one week. He also announced a special wreath hanging ceremony that will take place Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in the Kentucky statehouse in the rotunda to honor those families impacted. The event will be live streamed. "This is an opportunity for all Kentuckians to express the pain and the grief that we feel and to also honor them here, in one of the most sacred buildings in Kentucky, in the rotunda."

In addition, Gov. Beshear will hold a direct address to the state of Kentucky on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. outlining the number of those lost, the fight to date and ways Kentucky can do better. "We'll be talking about where we've been and where we're going...we'll talk about some of our successes and what we have done and what we must do."

Gov. Beshear also emphasized the actions of all Kentuckians against this fight. "There is a good chance that our deaths from Covid will exceed our overdose deaths this year. The amount of loss we’re going to experience depends on us and it depends on all of us." 





Gov. Beshear also mentioned the White House's Weekly Report which reiterated the following this week -- to Keep mask requirement in place statewide”. The White House report has also continued to identify Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties as "Yellow Zones" for the virus with a 5-10% positivity rate or higher.

Dr. Stephen Stack also spoke about the death toll, which is not quite as high as other states but is still a somber comparison. "Had we not taken the steps that we took, the casualties would have been much higher."

Daily Covid-19 Report At-a-Glance


> NEW CASES: 
 667 (Total Cases: 53,977)

>POSITIVITY RATE: 
3.84%

>TESTING / HOSPITALIZATIONS:- Total Tests Completed in KY: 937,153
- Hospitalized currently: 558
- In ICU currently: 153
- On Ventilators: 76
- Recovered: 10,725
- Ever Hospitalized: 4,777
- Ever in ICU: 1,427

> DEATHS: 
16 (Total Deaths: 1,004)
- No deaths reported today in NKY

> NEW CASES PER COUNTY:- Campbell County: 7 (Total: 750)
- Kenton County: 13 (Total:1,831)
- Boone County: 13 (Total:1,377)


Full press release from Governor Beshear:

Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Kentucky’s COVID-19 Fatalities

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2020) – As the commonwealth’s coronavirus death toll topped 1,000, Gov. Andy Beshear directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff for one week as a tribute to all those Kentuckians who have passed away due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019.

“I am ordering that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff for one week beginning tomorrow,” said Gov. Beshear. “Families across Kentucky are hurting as a result of the tragic losses brought by this pandemic. We are lighting our homes and businesses green and ringing our bells daily for these victims, but this is one more way we can show our support for these members of our community as they mourn their loved ones.”

Flags at state office buildings should be lowered to half-staff beginning at sunrise on Thursday, Sept. 10, and remain so until sunset on Wednesday, Sept.16. Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Kentucky to join in this tribute.

Flag status information is available at https://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.

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