During Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's Thursday COVID-19 update, he said 34 new COVID-19 deaths throughout the Commonwealth, pushing the statewide COVID-19 death toll past the 2,000 mark.
The Bluegrass State's previous record one-day increase of 37 new COVID-19 deaths was reported just one day earlier on Wednesday, with an additional 35 COVID-19 deaths being reported one day before that on Tuesday - meaning over the last three days, over 100 more Kentuckian lives have been lost to the contagious virus.
In total, 2014 total COVID-19 deaths are now being reported throughout Kentucky.
“Today, we passed some tough milestones both in the country and here in Kentucky. Today is the toughest day our country has ever seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, as we lost more people than any other day this year. We’re also at record hospitalizations across America,” said Gov. Beshear. “This ought to show us and tell us that now, more than ever, we need to do the right things to protect those around us.”
While Thursday marked a grim milestone for Kentucky, the governor did share some good news. Kentucky is expecting to receive roughly 38,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, some of which will be distributed to frontline healthcare workers locally at Baptist Health Madisonville. Gov. Beshear said those healthcare workers could be given the vaccines as soon as December 15.
"We believe that we could be vaccinating people here in Kentucky as early as Dec. 15," explained Gov. Beshear. "Just right around the corner."
Though the reality of a vaccine comes closer for Kentucky each day, another 3,895 new positive cases of the virus were reported throughout the state on Thursday. So far the Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting 190,601 total cases of the virus.
You can view Thursday's full COVID-19 update from KDPH below: