FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky reached a tragic milestone during the pandemic as more than one thousand people have now died from causes related to COVID-19.
“Losing 1,000 people to something that didn't previously exist in a six-month period ... that's hard,” Gov. Andy Beshear said.
The total number of coronavirus-related deaths now sits at 1,013 after 16 new deaths were reported Thursday. A wreath-laying ceremony was held Thursday morning in Frankfort to honor Kentuckians who have lost their lives to the virus.
The ceremony started with a bell ringing from the Handbell Ensemble from First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. Then the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard placed a wreath in the center of the Capitol rotunda.
Gov. Beshear has also ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff for one week, from Thursday to Wednesday. The governor is asking families, businesses and organizations to join in on the tribute and lower their flags to half-staff.