Hospital deals with ‘very sick’ patients as cases across Kentucky climb

Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 11:50 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 5:50 PM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - All but two counties in Kentucky are still in the red on the state’s COVID-19 metrics map, indicating high spread across the state.

The Green River District Health Department reported the highest number of cases in a seven-day period last week.

Between August 23 and August 29, more than 1,500 new cases were reported across the district.

Not included in this count are cases in Hopkins County. On August 30, data shows the weekly count was 449 new cases.

Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville officials say many of their COVID patients are very sick and resources are strained.

“That’s something we didn’t see the first time, those young people that turn very quickly,” Christy Littrell, chief nurse officer at Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville said on Wednesday. “They’re quite sick this time. So much more than the last...”

“We’ve been holding patients overnight, waiting for inpatient beds for several nights in a row, so there is a significant demand on resources right now in this market, as well as many other facilities that I’ve talked to,” Robert Ramey, CEO of Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville said.

Officials say many who get very sick are those who choose not to get vaccinated when they can. A common concern experts have been in lock step on for weeks.

But another major concern for Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville officials? Staffing.

“We continue to lose nurses. They’re exhausted from dealing with this pandemic for as long as they have,” Litrrell said. “So, having enough staff here to provide the care for the large volume of cases that we have is my biggest concern.”

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 31 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

Out of these 31 new cases, health officials say 24 patients were unvaccinated and one was fully vaccinated. The other six cases were too young to be eligible for the vaccine.

This brings the countywide number to 4,295 total cases.

Muhlenberg County now has 357 active cases.

Health officials say will be doing free COVID testing at the Muhlenberg County Health Department on September 7.

That’s by appointment only. You can call 270-754-3200 to schedule.

Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:

  • Daviess Co. - 13,495 cases, 212 deaths, 51% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 4,295 cases, 75 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 5,929 cases, 162 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 3,372 cases, 59 deaths, 35.34% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 6,365 cases, 88 deaths, 39.22% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 1,926 cases, 26 deaths, 38.75% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,139 cases, 32 deaths, 42.65% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,025 cases, 19 deaths, 32.25% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,060 cases, 16 deaths, 49.33% vaccinated

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