“They’re not just new jobs, they’re good jobs”; Governor Andy Beshear holds Team Kentucky update

Beshear announces new respirators to be made in-state
Beshear announces new respirators to be made in-state(WYMT)
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 12:05 PM EDT
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Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases.
Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases.(Governor Andy Beshear)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear held a Team Kentucky update on Thursday.

He announced a partnership with Bullard to make and distribute new respirators for health care professionals in Kentucky. The products will be made in state.

“Having a Kentucky-based company leading us into the future makes us more resilient,” said Beshear.

The Governor also congratulated Lighthouse Transportation Services LLC’s Project Profile for it’s growth. The project has created more than 60 jobs.

He added that Kentucky’s tourism industry has grown to to almost $9 billion, and approximately 6,600 new jobs have been created in the Commonwealth this year alone.

After talking about the state’s economy, Beshear transitioned to Kentucky’s current COVID-19 status.

He said the inpatient census for COVID-19 patients is decreasing, but the ICU is seeing a plateau. The Governor added that ventilator usage is still climbing, however that statistic will always trail the other two.

When talking about vaccination rates, Beshear said that just over 92% of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated people.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Governor announced there were 130 ICU beds open across Kentucky. In addition to the current National Guard members helping at hospitals around the state, Beshear said he has now deployed a total 505 Guardsmen, which is an increase of 94.

“This is the largest deployment of the Kentucky National Guard for a health care crisis in the commonwealth’s history,” said Gov. Beshear. “We continue to hear from our hospitals how much these incredible professionals help.”

Beshear also announced that the Commonwealth officially passed the 60% mark for total Kentuckians vaccinated.

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