A second Madisonville pastor has died from complications tied to the coronavirus in recent weeks.
Eric Nelson, 60, pastor at Real Life Church, died at Baptist Health Hospital in Madisonville. According to his obituary, Nelson ministered everywhere he went, he loved spending time with his kids and grandkids, loved playing golf and loved sports in general.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Hightower officiating. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Dawson Springs. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the funeral home.
The Hopkins County Health Department confirmed a 39th death locally due to COVID-19 Saturday morning.
In early September, Gary Wayne Bennett, 62, of Madisonville, passed away from coronavirus-related complications at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Bennett was a minister for over 35 years and had served as pastor at Grace Warehouse Church in Madisonville for 12 years at the time of his death.
Over the weekend, 36 new cases of COVID-19 were reported locally, which brought the active case total to 191. There are 599 recovered cases listed in the county. As of Monday, Hopkins County is still classified as a red county with an average of 34.8 cases per 100,000 people.
Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians Monday on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the coronavirus.
Beshear and his family are quarantined in the Governor’s Mansion after they were potentially exposed to COVID-19 late Saturday afternoon through a member of the Governor’s security detail.
Beshear and his family have tested negative and continue to feel well, according to reports. The Beshear family will be tested regularly and will remain in quarantine until cleared by the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
“We’re doing great. I’m feeling great, my family feels great. We are trying to be really positive about this situation,” the Governor said. “We want to thank everybody who has sent their well wishes, not just for my health but also for the member of my security detail who tested positive. Were all trying to do our best to get through this together.
He added that the security detail member was experiencing mild symptoms but doing well.
As of 4 p.m., Beshear said there were at least 80,930 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 643 of which were newly reported Monday. Ninety-four of the newly reported cases were from children up to age 18, of which 18 were age 5 and under. The youngest was just 4 months old.