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Beshear: Kentucky sees decrease in COVID hospitalizations

Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 5:56 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2021 at 11:28 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his weekly Team Kentucky update Thursday.

You can watch that update below.

During his update, Governor Beshear shared that COVID hospitalizations, ICU utilization and ventilator use have all decreased over that past week.

However, Beshear says 63 of the state’s 96 hospitals are still reporting critical staffing shortages.

He said Kentucky currently has 131 adult ICU beds available and pediatric patients are down to about 11 statewide.

According to Beshear, about 92% of COVID hospitalizations are those who are unvaccinated.

He also reported there were 82 COVID-19 related deaths reported from across the state Wednesday.

However, Beshear was happy to see more than 4,800 Kentuckians get vaccinated over the past day.

Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky Commissioner for Public Health, discussed monoclonal antibodies, which he says can help give your immune system a boost by giving you laboratory-created antibodies that try to counteract the COVID virus.

He said that the antibodies are probably between 75 and 80% effective in reducing your likelihood of possible hospitalization.

With the surge of the Delta variant, antibodies became a popular treatment method, which led to a shortage of them.

Dr. Stack says that Kentucky still has a limited supply of them.

However, by the end of the day, he says you can visit the kycovid19.ky.gov website to find a monoclonal antibody administration site near you.

Dr. Stack says with COVID hospitalizations down, he hopes the need for the monoclonal antibodies will also decline.

Besides giving updates on COVID, Beshear also discussed the Ford battery plant coming to Hardin County.

You can read more about that here.

He also discussed the new regional driver testing branches opening across the state. Two of those branches are in our western Kentucky area.

Beshear said by the end of October, more than half the state’s counties will have made the transition to regional offices.

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 27 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death on Thursday.

This brings the countywide number to 5,134 total cases and 82 deaths.

Muhlenberg County now has 284 active cases.

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. - 15,469 cases, 238 deaths, 54.33% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 5,134 cases, 82 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 7,693 cases, 187 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 4,126 cases, 73 deaths, 38.86% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 7,355 cases, 96 deaths, 48.65% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,303 cases, 33 deaths, 45.11% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,337 cases, 36 deaths, 48.46% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,333 cases, 25 deaths, 39.15% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,265 cases, 17 deaths, 58.21% vaccinated

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