Beshear reports another daily COVID case record as omicron surges across state
KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave another Team Kentucky update Thursday.
You can watch that entire update below.
The governor first discussed the snow that he says has developed across much of Kentucky, saying roads are already slick across much of the state.
He asks if you don’t have to drive, don’t.
Beshears says if you do have to get out, make sure to give snowplows plenty of room to work, make sure your vehicle is winter-ready and keep an emergency kit in your car.
Due to the inclement weather, Governor Beshear closed all state office buildings as of noon.
He also discussed the tornadoes that took place in the state on New Year’s Day. He says the National Weather Service confirmed there were nine tornadoes that affected 10 counties with wind speeds ranging from 80 to 115 mph.
Lastly, Governor Beshear addressed the coronavirus in the Commonwealth.
He said the state is continuing to experience a surge in COVID-19 due to the omicron variant, saying it is now the predominant variant in Kentucky and across the country.
Beshear says there were 9,836 newly confirmed cases Thursday, which is a new record, breaking the previous record that was just set the day before.
The state’s positivity rate now sits at 23.67%.
During his update, Beshear said the state will surpass the most cases recorded in any week during the pandemic.
Hospital admissions are also increasing, and they’re starting to increase rapidly, according to the governor. However, he says they are hopeful they will not see a similar increase in ICU admissions and patients needing a ventilator.
According to Beshear, between Wednesday and Thursday, 2,777 Kentuckians received their first vaccine and 6,141 got their booster.
He said over 2.79 million Kentuckians have now had at least one shot.
Governor Beshear discussed how CDC endorsed Pfizer boosters for children 12 and older and how Kentuckians to take advantage of it.
Kentuckians can also get their booster shot five months after their second shot instead of six if you had both Pfizer shots.
The time period for Moderna and J & J hasn’t changed.
Muhlenberg County Health Officials released new COVID-19 cases Thursday. They say they have 119 new cases.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky.
- Daviess Co. - 20,532 cases, 318 deaths, 57.16% vaccinated
- Muhlenberg Co. - 6,771 cases, 100 deaths
- Hopkins Co. - 9,671 cases, 220 deaths
- Ohio Co. - 5,278 cases, 91 deaths, 42.86% vaccinated
- Henderson Co. - 9,016 cases, 137 deaths, 55.66% vaccinated
- Webster Co. - 2,732 cases, 47 deaths, 49.85% vaccinated
- McLean Co. - 1,790 cases, 44 deaths, 52.83% vaccinated
- Union Co. - 2,975 cases, 47 deaths, 44.91% vaccinated
- Hancock Co. - 1,667 cases, 21 deaths, 63.63% vaccinated
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