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Gov. Beshear to hold memorial to remember 10K Kentuckians lost to COVID-19

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 4:39 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 8, 2021 at 7:14 PM CST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Monday, November 8.

The governor announced he would hold a memorial to remember more than 10,000 Kentuckians lost to COVID-19. It will be Sunday, November 14 at 1 p.m. on the State Capitol grounds.

He invited all Kentuckians to watch the memorial live on his Facebook page.

“Today, we surpassed another grim milestone in our fight against COVID-19 – 10,019 Kentuckians lost,” said Governor Beshear. “My faith teaches me that these are children of God, irreplaceable to their families and their communities. That each time we lose someone – especially this many people – it tears at the fabric of who we are. COVID-19 has been the No. 3 cause of death in Kentucky last year and this year, so far. It’s important that we grieve together, and that we recognize those who have been lost and the families who are struggling with that loss.”

During the memorial, Governor Beshear will officially announce the artist commissioned to create a monument to honor those lost and the sacrifices made during the pandemic. The artist was selected by an advisory panel formed of first responders, health care heroes and family members of those lost.

The Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial will be built in the Monument Park on the State Capitol ground.

Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky

Governor Beshear reported 2,576,911 people have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported 642 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 additional deaths on Monday, November 8.

The current positivity rate is 5.44 percent

As of Monday, 687 Kentuckians were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 196 were on ventilators and 121 were on a ventilator.

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