Gov. Beshear: 1st vaccine shipments arriving soon; 2,124 new cases of COVID-19 in Ky. on Monday

Gov. Beshear: 1st vaccine shipments arriving soon; 2,124 new cases of COVID-19 in Ky. on Monday
A total of 179,041 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, including 1,908 deaths. (Source: kold)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held a briefing on Kentucky’s response to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 30.

The governor said this was the second-highest Monday COVID-19 case report.

Governor Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the state is expecting to receive approximately 38,000 doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 as early as mid-December.

“Those will be provided to 38,000 individuals. We can go ahead and provide the first of these shots, and then we will receive the booster shots about three weeks later,” said Gov. Beshear. “We will be ready on moment one that we’re able to provide these vaccines.”

He said the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require an initial shot followed by a booster shot.

While the number of doses and allocation plan are subject to change, the governor said as of Monday, the majority of the state’s initial vaccine shipment will go to long-term care facilities; about 12,000 doses will go to hospitals to help inoculate health care workers.

“Every week we do not vaccinate long-term care residents, we lose them. With vaccines, we can provide such better protection to these individuals,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve been taking aggressive steps since the beginning of this virus, committed to fighting back, not surrendering to it or accepting avoidable loss.”

This week, the state is participating in an end-to-end exercise with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pfizer and McKesson to test one shipment of an empty thermal shipping container and a mock ancillary kit to one clinic site, the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

This test run will help the state prepare for the initial vaccine distribution to LTC and health care facilities; the initial distribution will, in turn, prepare the commonwealth for even larger, more complex distributions in the months ahead.

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Kentucky cases

The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported 2,124 new COVID-19 cases and 12 additional deaths on Monday.

Of the newly reported deaths, the following were in western Kentucky: a 77-year-old man from Marshall County; and a 75-year-old woman, a 67-year-old man and a 75-year-old man from McCracken County.

The positivity rate in Kentucky is currently 9.42 percent.

A total of 179,041 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, including 1,908 deaths. KDPH reported a total of 28,281 recoveries.

A total of 1,741 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 421 are in the ICU and 229 are on a ventilator.

Currently, a total of 2,790,462 tests for the virus have been conducted in the Commonwealth.

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