Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Kentucky COVID-19 Fatalities


As the commonwealth’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 1,000, Governor Andy Beshear requested that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff for one week as a tribute to all those Kentuckians who have passed away due to COVID-19.

“I am ordering that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff for one week beginning tomorrow,” said Gov. Beshear during his Wednesday briefing. “Families across Kentucky are hurting as a result of the tragic losses brought by this pandemic. We are lighting our homes and businesses green and ringing our bells daily for these victims, but this is one more way we can show our support for these members of our community as they mourn their loved ones.”

Flags at state office buildings are expected be lowered to half-staff beginning today at sunrise and remain so until sunset on Wednesday, Sept.16. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Kentucky to join in the tribute.

As of 4 p.m. Sept. 9, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 53,977 coronavirus cases in Kentucky. A total of sixteen new deaths were reported Wednesday bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths to 1,013.

“Sixteen new deaths put us over the 1,000 lost number,” the Governor said. “It feels pretty devastating. It doesn’t mean that, given the opponent we are facing, we haven’t done a good job. It just means that we have to recognize how much this hurts those around us.”

As of Tuesday, there have been at least 937,153 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 3.84%. At least 10,725 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

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