Governor to Offer Help to Western State Hospital

Governor Andy Beshear said he is continuing to offer assistance to Western State Hospital as the number of COVID-19 cases at the mental health care facility continues to rise.

The governor confirmed Tuesday that nine patients and four staff members at Western State have tested positive for the virus with several more results pending. He said two state agencies will be working with them to keep the numbers there down.

 

In addition to Western State, Gov. Beshear added there were 14 cases at the Green River Correctional Facility in Muhlenberg County, including five staff members. He says steps continue to be taken at long-term facilities like these and nursing homes.

 

The governor reported 147 new COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday, with over one-third reported in Jefferson County. The 147 cases are the most reported in a single day, although Beshear said the three-day trend is still lower than past time periods. There were seven new deaths reported, with two of those in Lyon County.

Compared to states that border Kentucky, he noted Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana have reported more deaths as a result of the virus and says that’s due to the work Kentuckians are putting in.

 

Kentucky has 1,149 confirmed COVID-19 cases that have resulted in 65 deaths. Over 21,600 people have been tested, according to the governor.

(Story written by Scott Brown/WKDZ)

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