Hopkins County woman among three new COVID-19 deaths

A Hopkins County woman was one of three deaths related to COVID-19 announced Sunday by Governor Andy Beshear as the commonwealth nears 2,000 confirmed cases.

The 74-year old female is Hopkins County’s eighth fatality, according to the state COVID-19 website. There have now been 97 deaths across Kentucky since the pandemic began.

There were 134 new confirmed cases in Kentucky from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the total to 1,963.

Governor Beshear announced a partnership with Kroger, which will be administering 20,000 free COVID-19 tests across the state in the coming weeks—starting Monday in Frankfort.

The additional participating stores will be announced soon, according to Kroger officials who spoke during the briefing. Healthcare workers, first responders, those age 65 and older and individuals with chronic conditions will have priority to be tested first.

The governor says only seven Kentucky churches met for in-person services Easter Sunday and he thanked the nearly 99.9 percent of houses of worship that met virtually or held drive-in services.

State police took the license plate numbers on about 50 vehicles at a church in Bullitt County, including two vehicles that were reportedly from hard-hit New Jersey, and those who attended the in-person service will be asked to voluntarily quarantine for 14 days.

Kentucky Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack says worshiping virtually or with a drive-in service is a matter of loving your neighbor by preventing in-person contacts that could lead to spread of the virus.

There were no new confirmed cases to announce at Western State Hospital and only one inmate tested positive at the Green River Correctional Complex in Muhlenberg County. There have been 172 patients and 103 staff members test positive at long term care facilities across Kentucky and 25 deaths have resulted.

The governor reiterated social distancing and good hand washing practices are some of the best ways to keep you and your family healthy.

Tennessee has 5,308 cases and 101 deaths. There are 97 confirmed cases in Montgomery County, 84 in Robertson County and four in Stewart.