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Gov. Beshear working to get bonuses for essential workers

(Governor Andy Beshear)
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 7:32 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear gave a COVID-19 update.

Governor Beshear began the briefing by saying he wanted to start on a positive note on healthcare.

You can watch that here:

Beshear says Healthcare Kynect and the expansion of Medicaid has saved thousands of lives in Kentucky. The Kynect portal was relaunched last fall, and promised they would take a major step forward to bring better quality healthcare to Kentucky.

Beshear also says starting Oct. 15 consumers can go to Kynect’s website to join enrollment on a state based exchange. Nov. 1 Kentuckians can find out if they are eligible for Medicaid, and that coverage will start Jan 2022.

The enrollment period will be open through Jan. 15.

Anthem will be offering statewide coverage through Kynect along with other healthcare insurance providers.

Governor Beshear says something essential workers in Kentucky can look forward to is a recommendation he will be sending to the General Assembly.

The recommendation is to be able to use $400 million from the upcoming American Rescue Plan Act to be dedicated to essential worker’s bonuses. Beshear says it is to honor essential workers for the work they are doing, and to encourage them to keep going.

This recommendation will be for people who are considered essential workers, and have worked in the past two years during the pandemic.

Beshear says as of Saturday there have been 2,511 new Covid cases and 54 new deaths, including a 49-year-old man. On Sunday 1,201 new Covid cases and 22 new deaths where reported, and on Monday 1,239 new cases 26 new deaths had been reported.

Although cases have dropped, Beshear says they need to drop at a more significant rate.

“Overall, today’s report is positive in the trends, but what is still really hard is the loss of life we continue to see, and that loss being preventable,” Beshear says.

Weekly new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky
Weekly new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky(Kentucky Department of Public Health)

2,719,398 Kentuckians have been vaccinated as of Monday.

Beshear says October is going to be a big month with two major things happening with vaccines. They are as follows:

  • On Oct. 14 and 15, advisory committee will discuss booster doses of Moderna and Janssen Covid vaccines.
  • On Oct. 26, FDA anticipates advisory committee will discuss authorizing Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years of age.

Beshear also provided a list of occupations that are eligible for their booster shots.

Ky. Booster Eligible Occupations
Ky. Booster Eligible Occupations(Gov. Beshear)

Beshear also encouraged pregnant women to get their vaccine, letting people know the Covid vaccine will not make them sterile.

As of Monday 62 out of 96 hospitals are reporting staff shortages, however Beshear says the National Guard is still providing assistance in Kentucky hospitals.

Second Lieutenant, Anissa Lopez-Chavez says, “Everything we have to do is to do with logistics such as processing patients, making sure that the environmental services gets something to eat, making sure rooms are cleared for more patients to come in, and also making sure that we help prevent the spread of Covid-19 within the hospitals.”

Lopez-Chavez is currently helping at Rockcastle Regional Hospital.

When talking about the staff at the hospital Lopez-Chavez says, “We absolutely love them, they love that we are here. I wish them the best, especially with the medical stuff we can’t help with.”

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

[Owensboro Transit System hosting vaccination clinic Monday]

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

  • Daviess Co. - 15,670 cases, 238 deaths, 54.47% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 5,210 cases, 80 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 7,693 cases, 187 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 4,204 cases, 74 deaths, 38.96% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 7,401 cases, 96 deaths, 48.80% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,331 cases, 33 deaths, 45.38% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,354 cases, 37 deaths, 48.63% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,350 cases, 27 deaths, 39.27% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,273 cases, 17 deaths, 58.50% vaccinated

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