Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Kentucky passes 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths

FRANKFORT, Ky. (NWN) – Kentucky surpassed 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, the latest grim milestone in the ongoing fight against the global pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

The state’s rising death toll from COVID-19 has reached at least 10,019, with the governor calling it “nothing short of tragic”. In another sign of the virus’s deadly impact, COVID-19 has been ranked the third leading cause of death in the bluegrass state last year and so far this year. he said.

“My faith teaches me that each of these individuals is a child of God, irreplaceable to their family and their community,” Beshear said in tribute to those who died of the virus. “And every time we lose someone, especially so many people, it tears down the fabric of who we are.”

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The governor said a memorial service is scheduled for Sunday at the state’s Capitol grounds to remember those who died of the virus. An artist commissioned to create a pandemic-related memorial will be announced at the service, he said. He said the memorial would honor the thousands who died of COVID-19 and the sacrifices made by Kentuckians.

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