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In Frankfort on Thursday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman observed as Kentucky State Police Honor Guard placed a memorial wreath in the Capitol rotunda to honor the more than 1,000 Kentuckians who have died from COVID-19.
The Handbell Ensemble from First United Methodist Church in Frankfort was also present at the ceremony to ring bells during the wreath-laying.
The Ceremony was held after the Bluegrass State reached the somber milestone of 1,004 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday when 16 new COVID-19 deaths were reported throughout the state.
In honor of the Kentuckians lost to COVID-19, Gov. Beshear also ordered all flags on state buildings across the Commonwealth to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Sept. 16.
As of Thursday throughout the Bluegrass State, 48,599 total Kentuckians were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 so far by the Kentucky Department for Public Health.