During Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's Wednesday, Sept. 9, COVID-19 update, he said over 1,000 Kentuckians had now died from COVID-19.
"Good evening," Gov. Beshear began. "Tonight and tomorrow are gonna look a little different. They're gonna look a little different because we've hit a tough and unfortunate milestone today in Kentucky."
Kentucky COVID-19 Update (9/9/20)
"So tonight, I'm not gonna provide some positive news on investments we're making - even though we're making them," he continued. "And I'm not gonna show positive social media of people doing the right things even though we need to encourage it."
"That's because tonight, we have the painful news that we have now lost over 1,000 Kentuckians," said Beshear.
The Bluegrass State surpassed the 1,000 mark after 16 new COVID-19 deaths were reported statewide on Wednesday.
In total, the Kentucky Department for Public Health says 1,004 total Kentucky residents are now confirmed to have died from COVID-19.
Beshear said in honor of the Kentuckians whose lives have been lost, a wreath-hanging ceremony would be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday by the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard in the Rotunda.
Additionally, Beshear says starting on Thursday at sunrise, all flags on state buildings across the Commonwealth will be flown at half-staff until sunset on Sept. 16.
A full report on COVID-19 in Kentucky from KDPH can be seen below.