Beshear: Kentucky COVID cases may be beginning to fall

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear began Monday’s COVID-19 briefing by reporting on some good news about the current surge of cases — the first the state has seen in some time.

“It appears that new cases are not only plateauing, but we may be seeing a decrease,” Beshear said. “A decrease in cases, a decrease in the positivity rate, a decrease in folks in the hospital with COVID. That’s the good news.

“The tough news is we’re still seeing far too many deaths, with 85 combined deaths between Saturday, Sunday and today.”

Specifically, the governor noted that cases have fallen to their lowest level in nearly two months. However, he added that current levels are still unsustainable for the state’s health care providers.

To help with the crush of patients, the governor also added that help is coming to some Eastern Kentucky health care centers, including some in Floyd, Knott and Perry counties.

“Beginning today, the federal government will be sending teams to assist with monoclonal antibody injections. …” Beshear said. “We’re expecting additional teams for Highlands ARH in Floyd County and the Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 29. Teams will consist of 2-to-4 RNs and/or paramedics.”

The governor also spent some time going over the state’s guidance for who can receive booster shots of the coronavirus vaccines. Those who qualify include:

  • Anyone with a weakened immune system who was vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines more than four weeks ago.
  • Anyone 65 or older who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago.
  • Anyone between the ages of 50 and 64 with a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID infection, such as diabetes; heart, lung or kidney disease; or obesity.

In addition, anyone who is:

  • living in a group setting
  • between the ages of 18 and 49 with a medical condition increasing the risk of severe COVID infection
  • or between the ages of 18 and 64 and is working in job that presents an increased risk of infection

is allowed to get a booster shot, but should speak with a doctor to weigh the risks and benefits.

There is currently no booster shot available for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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