Gov. Beshear says Kentucky is back in COVID-19 ‘escalation’ – Community News

Gov. Beshear says Kentucky is back in COVID-19 ‘escalation’

Frankfort, Ky. (WKYT) — Governor Andy Beshear provided an update on COVID-19 cases Monday.

The governor said the delta variant still poses a threat, calling it “enemy #1.” The US has an average of 100,000 new COVID cases per day, the highest in two months.

Beshear said states in northern Kentucky are asking for additional resources/assistance because their hospitals are becoming overcrowded, but said we’re not there yet. In Kentucky, one of the lessons learned from the previous wave is knowing when to request or activate those levels of assistance, such as the National Guard.

He said work is still underway to connect hospitals with nursing programs so students can be brought in if needed should hospitals become busier.

The state reported 2,351 cases of COVID-19 and 67 deaths on Saturday, 1,194 cases and 68 deaths on Sunday, and 1,347 cases and 63 deaths on Monday.

The governor said 1,077 people were hospitalized for COVID-19-related reasons, 310 in the ICU and 168 on ventilators.

We see a positivity rate of 9.13% in Kentucky.

In all, 2,703,247 Kentuckians have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.

“Hospitals are not sounding the alarm yet. And there is certainly hope because either people who get a boost, or who have just had it, will hopefully have a higher degree of immunity, at least against delta, that we won’t be going that fast,” Governor Beshear said.

The governor said a lesson learned was to make sure smaller hospitals are ready to activate ICU expansions, and know what equipment the state has and be ready to distribute it more quickly.

Governor Beshear said the omicron variant is “probably here” in the state of Kentucky, but there are no confirmed cases.

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