Beshear: Only 93 adult ICU beds available across the state

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 7:08 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 11:28 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear held his weekly Team Kentucky update Thursday.

During the update, he once again emphasized how dire the COVID situation is in the Commonwealth.

Governor Beshear said hospitals statewide continue to be hit hard.

He said they have just 93 total adult ICU beds available throughout the state and 66 of the state’s 96 hospitals are currently experiencing critical staffing shortages.

He also said 25 kids are now hospitalized with COVID.

In order to help with staffing at hospitals, over 400 members of the Kentucky National Guard are helping at 25 different hospitals. Governor Beshear says this frees up more hospital staff to care for those who are hospitalized.

Kentucky National Guard support.
Kentucky National Guard support.(Team Kentucky.)

Beshear announced that over 2.6 million in Kentucky have at least had their first COVID shot, which is 59% of all Kentuckians.

Total Kentuckians Vaccinated as of 09/16.
Total Kentuckians Vaccinated as of 09/16.(Team Kentucky.)

Governor Beshear says those unvaccinated continue to be the majority of COVID hospitalizations and deaths.

Vaccination state of COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths from March 1 to Sept. 15.
Vaccination state of COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths from March 1 to Sept. 15.(Team Kentucky.)

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in the commonwealth here.

Dr. Steven Stacks warned Kentuckians about the dangers of a “twindemic” as the flu season nears.

He urged Kentuckians to get the flu vaccine to help keep the hospitals from exceeding capacity.

You can watch Thursday’s full Team Kentucky update below.

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 44 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death on Thursday.

This brings the countywide number to 4,780 total cases and 80 deaths.

Muhlenberg County now has 346 active cases.

In Henderson, the Green River District Health Department along with several other agencies will be holding a free vaccine clinic on Friday.

The clinic will be held at the Henderson Housing Authority Gymnasium on South Adams Street from 1-4 p.m.

No appointment is necessary and all three vaccines will be available.

Kentucky residents can visit to find a vaccine location.

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

  • Daviess Co. - 14,652 cases, 221 deaths, 53.07% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 4,780 cases, 80 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 7,149 cases, 177 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 3,772 cases, 63 deaths, 37.62% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 6,989 cases, 90 deaths, 47.36% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,134 cases, 29 deaths, 43.78% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,237 cases, 33 deaths, 47.12% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,192 cases, 20 deaths, 37.63% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,189 cases, 17 deaths, 56.54% vaccinated

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