KENTUCKY (WFIE) - On Tuesday, the Green River District Health Department reported three COVID-19 related deaths and 55 additional cases.
Out of those cases, 21 are in Daviess County, 12 are in Ohio County, 11 are in Henderson County, four are in Union County, there are three in both McLean and Webster counties, and one new case in Hancock County.
The newly reported deaths included two residents of Henderson County and one resident of Webster County.
The district has seen a total of 21,069 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Out of those positive cases, officials say 18,926 residents of the seven-county region have recovered.
Muhlenberg County reported zero new cases Tuesday.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear held a press briefing Tuesday morning regarding the call to pause the use of the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, Johnson & Johnson.
This comes as federal health officials are recommending a pause in administering the vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.
Beshear said that Kentucky received little of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. He said it was mainly administered to local pharmacies and correctional facilities.
The Daviess County Detention Center tells us their inmates have not been vaccinated yet and with this news, they have postponed vaccine opportunities at this time.
He went on to say if you had a J&J appointment, you’ll need to cancel and reschedule.
The state will use Moderna and Pfizer to replace the J&J vaccines.
During the governor’s press conference, he said that six people out of the 6.8 million that received the J&J vaccine experienced health issues.
You can watch Governor Beshear’s full press conference below.
Governor Beshear has offered an incentive for speeding up the pace of vaccinations in the state. He said he plans to lift capacity restrictions at most venues and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons once 2.5 million residents have received at least their first shot.
In addition, he will end the curfew for bars and restaurants.
Masking would remain in effect and mass gatherings would still be limited until COVID-19 variants are under control and more Kentucky children are able to be vaccinated.
As of April 5, Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination eligibility is expanded to include Phases 1, 2, and 3.
Anyone age 16 or older are eligible for Pfizer, and anyone age 18 and older are eligible for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health department to be placed on our scheduling list.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to determine which phase they are in, find a vaccine location, and sign-up for update notifications.
Additional COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at vaccinefinder.org Retail pharmacies and health centers are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations.
Kentucky COVID-19 vaccine dashboard and information: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine.
Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 800-722-5725 can answer general COVID-19 vaccine questions.
Owensboro Health - You can make a new COVID-19 vaccination appointment online at owensborohealth.org/vaccine or by calling central scheduling at 270-685-7100.
Deaconess in Henderson County and Union County – COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at https://www.deaconess.com/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine.
Ohio County Healthcare - To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment visit https://ochcares.com/COVID or call 270-215-9082 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 10,062 cases, 175 deaths, 9,114 recovered
- Muhlenberg Co. - 2,855 cases, 58 deaths, 2,783 recovered
- Hopkins Co. - 4,121 cases, 133 deaths, 3,775 recovered
- Ohio Co. - 2,463 cases, 55 deaths, 2,225 recovered
- Henderson Co. - 4,430 cases, 74 deaths, 3,884 recovered
- Webster Co. - 1,185 cases, 20 deaths, 1,039 recovered
- McLean Co. - 849 cases, 28 deaths, 775 recovered
- Union Co. - 1,263 cases, 15 deaths, 1,152 recovered
- Hancock Co. - 817 cases, 16 deaths, 737 recovered