FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) - Governor Andy Beshear provided an update Monday outlining new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth, also discussing new details on the Capitol Hill riots and local protests.
Beshear began his briefing by ordering flags in Kentucky lowered to half-staff in honor of Capitol Police officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, the two officers who died in response to the attack on the US Capitol Wednesday.
The governor also mentioned the rally outside of the State Capitol building Saturday, where armed protesters claimed they wanted to send a message to lawmakers, asking for the impeachment of Beshear.
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health, faced vandalism over the weekend as “COVID is PCR fraud” was spray-painted onto his mailbox, Beshear confirmed.
Beshear spoke about his continued dissatisfaction with scare tactics from individuals who are upset with mandates and guidelines meant to keep Kentuckians safe from the virus.
“This wasn’t about what was spray-painted on the mailbox, this is about those individuals, those bullies trying to create terror by saying we know where you live,“ Beshear said. “So to the cowards out there that did it, we’re working to find you. It is not acceptable, this is not how we act in our society.”
When asked about if security would be increased in Frankfort in the upcoming days, the governor said all preparations would be made to make sure government officials and those within the State Capitol would be protected.
“We will not allow what happened at the U.S. Capitol to happen here,” Beshear said.
In Monday’s update, Governor Beshear confirmed an additional 2,085 cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The total number of COVID cases reported in Kentucky is now 305,707.
Positivity rate in Kentucky is now at 12.35 percent, based on a seven-day rolling average.
An additional 21 deaths due to COVID-19 were confirmed Monday, bringing the total number of deaths due to the virus to 2,922.
In COVID updates for Preschool through 12th grade education in Kentucky, the governor reported 1,674 new student cases, 1,062 new staff cases, 3,212 new quarantined students, and 774 quarantined staff since last week’s update.
Other information provided in Monday’s report include:
- Patients currently hospitalized : 1,709
- Patients currently in ICU : 381
- Patients currently on a ventilator : 207
- Long-Term Care Facilities : 121 new residents, 132 new staff cases, 23 additional deaths
For additional information on positive cases and breakdowns on county, race and ethnicity, visit the Team Kentucky COVID-19 website.