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Gov. Beshear updates Kentuckians on COVID booster recommendations

Five monoclonal antibody injection teams coming to Kentucky
Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 8:34 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear held a briefing to give a coronavirus update Monday.

He says the commonwealth is seeing decreases in the number of new positive COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and even the number of people in the hospital with the coronavirus.

Although some of the numbers have gone down, Governor Beshear says there are still too many deaths from COVID-19.

“This strain is killing more and more younger Kentuckians,” says Governor Beshear. “Primarily unvaccinated Kentuckians, so if you are in your 30′s, or 40′s, or in your 20′s or below, you do need to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

The governor provided the following chart to show the decrease of positive cases:

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

Governor Beshear also announced injection teams will be going to the following places to help with Monoclonal Antibody injections:

  • Baptist Corbin
  • ARH Highlands and Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky
  • Taylor Regional and ARH Middlesboro

Each facility will get two to four people to assist with injections, and will be a combination of nurses, paramedics or both.

The governor reminded people to get tested, but not to go to the emergency room for a test. The state has partnered with Gravity Diagnostics in Danville to help test people for COVID in drive-thru locations.

Gravity Diagnostics Clinical Specialist Jordan Kelsey is encouraging people to go to the testing site to help alleviate stress in the hospitals.

“The main thing between here and the emergency room is that we are able to provide a safer environment,” says Kelsey. “Here we are able to get people in and out quickly and actually relieve the ER of things they need to take care of that don’t revolve around COVID,” Kelsey says.

Governor Beshear says 16,537 Kentuckians got their coronavirus vaccine over the weekend bringing the total to 2,688,829 Kentuckians vaccinated so far.

Total Kentuckians Vaccinated
Total Kentuckians Vaccinated(Gov. Beshear)

During Monday’s update, the governor also gave a booster shot update.

He says if you received your second Pfizer or Moderna shot at least 28 days ago, and you have a weakened immune system, then you should get a booster shot.

Beshear provided the following for those who are eligible for a booster shot, six months after receiving their second dose:

1.) 65 years or older.

2.) Living in a long-term care facility.

3.) If you are in the age groups of 18-64 years old and have any medical condition that increases your risk of severe Covid infection (diabetes, heart, kidney, or lung disease, BMI > 25, etc.)

4.) 18-64 years old and likely to get exposed to Covid at your job.

5.) Living in a congregate setting.

“If you are eligible, go get them,” says Governor Beshear. “There are plenty of vaccine doses out there.”

Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find a vaccine location.

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

  • Daviess Co. - 15,227 cases, 233 deaths, 53.97% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 5,034 cases, 80 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 7,478 cases, 185 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 4,028 cases, 72 deaths, 38.48% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 7,285 cases, 92 deaths, 48.26% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,262 cases, 31 deaths, 44.58% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,309 cases, 35 deaths, 47.95% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,297 cases, 24 deaths, 38.73% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,247 cases, 17 deaths, 57.75% vaccinated

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