Ky. Attorney General joins states suing over Biden’s vaccine mandate

Beshear: Decrease in COVID hospitalizations could be slowing down
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 7:13 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2021 at 5:20 PM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear gave another Team Kentucky update Thursday.

You can watch that full update here.

During his Thursday update, Beshear said COVID hospitalizations, ICU inpatients and ventilators usage are still going down.

However, he says it appears the rates at which they are decreasing are slowing down.

COVID inpatient census for Kentucky hospitals.
COVID inpatient census for Kentucky hospitals.(Team Kentucky.)
COVID ICU census for Kentucky hospitals.
COVID ICU census for Kentucky hospitals.(Team Kentucky.)
COVID ventilator census for Kentucky hospitals.
COVID ventilator census for Kentucky hospitals.(Team Kentucky.)

Beshear says over 2,563,000 Kentuckians have received at least their first shots, which he says is 57% of all Kentuckians.

Total Kentuckians Vaccinated.
Total Kentuckians Vaccinated.(Team Kentucky.)

Dr. Steven Stack, the commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, also spoke during the Team Kentucky update.

He discussed the vaccine for kids five to 11.

He asked parents to be patient when trying to get their children vaccinated, saying they will have plenty of vaccines, but they may not be widely available for the first few weeks.

Dr. Stack also said these vaccines are very safe for children.

He says during a trial study that included over 3,000 children, not a single child had any cardiac issues. He said there were also no other major or serious adverse events and the children actually tolerated the vaccine better and had fewer side effects than the studies they had for adults.

Dr. Stack also encouraged those eligible to get a COVID booster shot.

You can find if you are eligible here.

He ended his discussion by talking about the holidays. Dr. Stack said as the holidays are getting closer, the best way to spend them with your loved ones is to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a lawsuit, joined by Ohio and Tennessee, challenging the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, asserts that the Administration’s mandatory vaccination requirement is unlawful and unconstitutional.

“The federal government contracts with private businesses and public agencies in states across the country, and the Commonwealth is no exception, meaning that numerous Kentuckians are subject to the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccination requirement,” said Attorney General Cameron. “We are taking the issue of federal overreach seriously and will protect the livelihoods of countless Kentuckians and Kentucky businesses from overbroad mandates.”

[Related: US mandates vaccines or tests for big companies by Jan. 4]

Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) also released a statement.

“Is President Biden listening to the providers nationwide raising the alarm that health care workforce shortages are deeply hurting patient care? Our committee just heard from one about rising turnover, recruitment challenges, and burnout among nurses, doctors, and staff. This provider said a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and a vaccine mandate from Washington, D.C. will make these problems worse. He’s not alone. We’re listening to people in Washington state and Kentucky who tell us the same thing. Our health care workers have been serving as frontline heroes during this pandemic. They deserve our gratitude—not mandates that force them to make a choice to comply with the federal government or lose their livelihoods altogether.

“In the days ahead, we will look at all options, including a Congressional Review Act resolution led by Rep. Jeff Duncan and Energy and Commerce Republicans, which would nullify the rule and protect our nation’s frontline health care workers and the patients they serve. The Biden Administration’s public notice and comment rule-making process for this controversial and significant rule fails to incorporate the input of doctors, nurses, hospitals, or the patients who rely on our nation’s health care workforce for their care.”

The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported five new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

This brings the countywide number to 5,618 total cases.

Muhlenberg County now has 60 active cases.

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

  • Daviess Co. - 16,836 cases, 267 deaths, 53.24% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 5,618 cases, 91 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 8,171 cases, 198 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 4,503 cases, 82 deaths, 40.17% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 7,851 cases, 104 deaths, 50.36% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 2,465 cases, 36 deaths, 46.49% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 1,473 cases, 41 deaths, 49.23% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 2,451 cases, 32 deaths, 40.87% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 1,355 cases, 19 deaths, 59.25% vaccinated

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