Beshear: COVID hospitalization down 17% over past week

Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 5:37 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 11:26 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear gave another Team Kentucky update Thursday.

You can watch that full update below.

Governor Beshear announced that COVID cases are continuing to decrease in the Commonwealth, saying the state’s positivity rate is down to 9.11%.

He reported that COVID hospitalization, ICU patients and ventilator use are all down.

He also said COVID hospitalizations are down 17% over the past seven days and the state now has 148 adult ICU beds available.

During Thursday’s update, Beshear also announced that there has been a drop in hospitals reporting critical staffing shortages. Now, 58 of the state’s 96 hospitals are seeing those shortages.

However, Beshear says there are currently 16 kids hospitalized for COVID. Six are confirmed in the ICU and four of those pediatric patients are on a ventilator.

Beshear says the state will be reporting 50 new deaths across the state later in the day. He says with those new deaths, the state will have had over 9,000 COVID-19 related deaths during the pandemic.

According to state leaders, 72% of eligible Kentuckians have received at least their first COVID shot.

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported 23 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths on Thursday.

This brings the countywide number to 5,286 total cases and 84 deaths.

Muhlenberg County now has 247 active cases.

You can find more information on coronavirus in the Commonwealth here.

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. - 15,852 cases, 240 deaths, 54.85% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 5,286 cases, 84 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 7,880 cases, 190 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 4,249 cases, 74 deaths, 39.27% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 7,506 cases, 97 deaths, 49.17% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,360 cases, 34 deaths, 45.91% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,366 cases, 37 deaths, 48.98% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,371 cases, 28 deaths, 39.65% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,281 cases, 17 deaths, 58.84% vaccinated

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