Gov. Beshear: ‘Due to national shortage, there will not be enough Monoclonal Antibody Infusions anywhere. Get the vaccine’

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 6:07 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear gave a COVID-19 update Monday afternoon.

Gov. Beshear says the toughest news we will hear today is that between Saturday and Sunday, Kentucky has 88 new deaths due to the pandemic. 8,389 deaths total.

Beshear also says in terms of positive Covid cases, although August was the worst month ever, this week is the third highest week since the pandemic started.

Covid cases by week
Covid cases by week(Gov. Beshear)

Beshear says Kentucky has given more than 5,000 monoclonal antibody treatment courses last week, but the state will only receive 4,960 courses this week due to a national shortage. They will be given to 79 sites around Ky. based on backorder requests, current inventory and previous week utilization.

“We will have at least one monoclonal antibody treatment provider in each of our Area Development Districts, but there’s not going to be enough anywhere,” Gov. Beshear says. “If you’re putting off a vaccine to have an infusion, let me tell you, an infusion is much more invasive, and there are not going to be enough of those anywhere in the commonwealth. Get that vaccine.”

Saturday was the worst day so far of hospitals reporting hospital staff shortages in Kentucky according to Beshear. 77 percent of hospitals reported their shortages, and as of Monday it has gone down to 63 percent.

VP and Chief Nursing Officer of Baptist Health Corbin, Sherrie Mays says, “This is like a war zone to us. We have staff members experience PTSD, just as a soldier would in the time of war. My heart breaks for my staff. I see them out there working every day. They put this hospital and the patients ahead of their families so that our patients can be taken care of.”

Beshear provided an update for the booster shot as well saying the FDA considered lots of options, and decided to approve the booster shots only if the CDC says yes. Those who would be eligible would be those who are 65 or older, those considered higher risk and those in high risk occupations.

He also provided the following:

Covid Vaccine Booster Shot Update
Covid Vaccine Booster Shot Update(Gov. Beshear)

Beshear also gave new guidances for schools K-12 to continue in-person learning with less risk of contracting COVID. They are as follows:

1. Multiple layered prevention strategies make safe, in-person instruction possible.

2. Universal masking for indoor school settings is essential.

3. All persons 12 and older should be vaccinated.

4. Covid testing should be available for student and staff.

5. Schools and local health departments should collaborate to achieve best outcomes.

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. - 14,898 cases, 226 deaths, 53.32% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 4,865 cases, 80 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 7,149 cases, 177 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 3,863 cases, 65 deaths, 37.78% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 7,163 cases, 91 deaths, 47.63% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,184 cases, 31 deaths, 43.93% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,265 cases, 33 deaths, 47.32% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,224 cases, 22 deaths, 37.86% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,217 cases, 17 deaths, 56.78% vaccinated

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