In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are 10,410 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of these cases, 265 were newly confirmed. It is believed that 3,283 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, however there were eight new deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 450. One of the deaths announced last night was the youngest victim so far, a nine-month old girl from Hopkins County. The Governor talked about the response from the state of Kentucky since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in the state, saying he believes Kentuckians should be proud of the work they’ve done so far, but the road ahead remains challenging and requires resilience. Kentucky is nationally recognized as among few states that are meeting the White House and CDC guidance for reopening the economy.
More cases of COVID-19 were confirmed locally Wednesday afternoon. The Grayson County Health Department confirmed just one case of the virus, bringing their total to 136 cases. 109 of those cases have recovered. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department announced eight new cases, bringing their total number of cases to 220, with nine patients hospitalized, 27 in home isolation, and 179 recovered. Breckinridge County Health Officials confirmed two new cases of the virus locally, bringing their total to 22 cases so far.
A Hardin County man has been arrested after police say he distributed sexual material involving a minor. According to arrest records, Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant on a residence in Elizabethtown where they discovered two instances of child sexual abuse material in the possession of Joshua Wagner. During an interview with troopers, Wagner admitted to possessing and distributing the material online. A search of Wagner’s phone yielded 17 additional images and videos of child sexual abuse material. Wagner was arrested and charged with possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, as well as distribution of the material. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.
An Elizabethtown restaurant was evacuated yesterday after a fire on the roof. The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at Hardee’s near Towne Mall shortly after 11 AM. Initial responders reported nothing showing, and the roof was accessed. The cause was reported to be a malfunctioning HVAC unit that had caught fire and self-extinguished. No injuries were reported in the incident.