Governor Andy Beshear announces more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases since Friday
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - In his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Governor Andy Beshear announced that the state added more than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, with nearly 70 total deaths. He also added that Kentucky ranks third in the nation for the highest number of new COVID-19 cases per day.
You can watch the news conference below:
Specifically, Gov. Beshear announced 2,426 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. That is in addition to 4,470 on Saturday and 3,111 on Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 630,299. That totals to 10,007 new cases just since Friday.
665 of Monday’s new cases were children 18 and younger. 2,446 Kentuckians remain hospitalized. 646 people remain in the ICU, with 411 on a ventilator.
The state’s positivity rate fell slightly to 13.70%
Gov. Beshear also announced 29 new deaths on Monday. That is in addition to 18 deaths on Saturday and 21 on Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 8,071. That totals to 68 new deaths attributable to COVID-19 in the state since Friday.
In the briefing, Beshear said the largest demographic of new cases and deaths was 10-19-year-olds. He added that despite what some have said, COVID spreads just as much in schools as anywhere else.
“I am asking you to break the Thanksgiving dinner rule and have a tough conversation with those you love and care about who are hesitant to get the vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “It won’t be easy. But they are more likely to listen to a friend or family member, and that one conversation could save their life.”
Beshear referenced a CDC study that found unvaccinated people had a 10% higher chance of being hospitalized with the virus.
The Governor also addressed the situation in hospitals across the state. He said that they are seeing all-time highs for COVID-19 patients across the board.
“Today, I have 38 COVID patients on my unit. That is every room that we could possibly open and every patient we could possibly take care of,” said Laura Gevedon, RN, shift supervisor for the Pikeville Medical Center COVID unit. “Every patient that we have had say that they regret not getting their COVID-19 vaccine. They wish that they had never listened to anyone who said not to get it. They regret waiting. Get the vaccine and wear a mask.”
Dr. Steven Stack also provided an update on the use of monoclonal antibody treatments in the state.
“Monoclonal antibodies are an important tool, but we have another alternative, vaccinations. Vaccines prime your immune system to create natural antibodies that your own body will produce to create a natural immune response that then can protect you for at least eight months or more,” said Dr. Stack. “It’s a lot easier to get vaccinated than to get monoclonal antibodies.”
As of Monday, 119 counties across the state are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map. Perry County still leads the state with an incidence rate of 208.5 per 100,000 people. The lone county in the state not in the red zone is Clinton County in Southern Kentucky.
If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.
You can also find more information, including how to protect your family, by visiting Kentucky’s official COVID-19 website: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19
Copyright 2021 WYMT. All rights reserved.