Kentucky hit a “tough and unfortunate milestone today” with more than 1,000 total deaths recorded from Covid-19, Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a news conference.
As way to honor those Kentuckians lost to Covid-19, Beshear said there would be a wreath-laying ceremony tomorrow in the Rotunda by the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard.
Beshear has also ordered all flags on all state buildings in the commonwealth to be flown at half-staff beginning tomorrow for a week “to recognize again those more than 1,000 Kentuckians we have lost."
“A number of people like my parents in their 70s [have died], I’m not gonna consider that old, because I want a lot more time with them and with them and my kids,” Beshear said. “Each one of these people is so much more than just what we read off. I mean, they’re one of us. They’re one of us, and no matter how old they were, they deserve time. No matter what other complicated health factors that they had, this played a part in it, and we owe it to them to work hard to make sure that we limit the future casualties that we have.”
Kentucky had 16 new deaths from Covid-19 for a total of 1,004 deaths and 667 new cases for a total of 53,977, Beshear added.
To note: These numbers were released by Beshear, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.