COVID-19 Deaths In West Kentucky On The Rise

More Kentuckians have died in October than any other month of the pandemic.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 9:55 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2020 10:03 PM

Cases of COVID-19 have been surging in West Kentucky. More Kentuckians have died in October than any other month of the pandemic.

Officials are nervous that the community spread could be starting in our school buildings.

Since the first week of September according to the school district data online, Henderson, Daviess and Hopkins County School Districts all have more than 50% increase in positive COVID-19 cases in their school buildings.

Both Daviess County and Owensboro Public Schools returned to in-person learning despite the surging numbers. Both districts are currently operating on an in-person hybrid schedule. Hopkins County on the same schedule.

Henderson County also seeing a surge in cases with four new deaths reported Wednesday.

The public-school system in Henderson County completely virtual.

Parent Chris Butler has six children, three of them are in private elementary school in Henderson. Butler's children attend school in-person five days a week.

"I agree with in-person school I feel like my kids get more out of it, we teach them proper hand hygiene, to wear their mask, proper social distancing, so I think as long as we can keep the children on target and on task, everything should be good" says Butler.

The Green River Heath District stressing the importance of limiting the number of people in groups. Health officials telling 44News large groups of people should not gather under one roof, adding family units should stay together in their home and to practice social distancing at all times. Wearing your mask helps to protect against the virus experts say.

As the colder months roll in, doctors and scientists fearful that the worst of the Coronavirus is yet to come.

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