FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held a briefing on Kentucky’s response to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1.
The governor announced the state’s worst-ever COVID-19 report.
“There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Today is the very worst day we have had for reporting on the spread of the coronavirus and it is the deadliest day that we have had,” said Governor Beshear. “This is exponential growth. If we don’t all do our part, if we try to be the exception, then slowing down this thing won’t work and we will lose a lot more Kentuckians we love and care about.”
The top counties with the most positive cases on Tuesday were: Jefferson, Fayette, McCracken, Warren, Kenton, Hardin, Daviess and Boone.
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Kentuckians can find more than 350 testing locations here.
The governor announced that the Kentucky Department for Local Government will release an additional $50 million in CARES Act funding to reimburse city and county governments for expenses related to COVID-19. Approximately 200 cities and counties are eligible because they have already exhausted their original allotment and have remaining eligible reimbursements.
To apply, eligible local governments will follow the Department for Local Government’s original application process, outlined on its website.
He also said there is about $11 million remaining in the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund and encouraged eligible Kentuckians to apply.
The fund provides relief to Kentuckians affected by COVID-19 who need assistance with their water, wastewater, electric or natural gas service. Kentucky’s Community Action Network is partnering with the Beshear administration to distribute these funds statewide.
“Eligible households can receive a one-time $500 benefit towards their water and or wastewater bills and $400 towards their natural gas or utility bills,” said Governor Beshear.
Households who have an income up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Line and have been economically impacted due to COVID-19 can apply.
Interested households should contact their local Community Action Outreach Office on how to apply. To locate your local office, please call 800-456-3452.
The governor also updated Kentuckians on the state’s vaccine distribution process, discussed in detail at Monday’s press conference. Kentuckians should visit KYCOVID19.ky.gov to view the latest information on the vaccine
Governor Beshear reported more than 4,000 new cases and 35 additional deaths. Nearly 250 Kentuckians are fighting for their lives on ventilators.
The newly reported deaths include the following from the Heartland: a 75-year-old man from Calloway County, a 95-year-old woman from Graves County, a 79-year-old woman from Marshall County and two men from McCracken County ages 59 and 64.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported a total of 183,168 cases of COVID-19 and 1,943 total deaths.
KDPH also reported a total of 28,468 recoveries.
The positivity rate in Kentucky is currently 9.59 percent.
Currently, 2,816,183 tests for the virus have been conducted in the Commonwealth.