Ky. surpasses 2,000 COVID-19 deaths; positivity rate higher than 10%

Ky. surpasses 2,000 COVID-19 deaths; positivity rate higher than 10%
The positivity rate in Kentucky is currently 10.07 percent. (Source: Pexels)

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

Governor Beshear announced Kentucky surpassed 2,000 COVID-19 deaths and the positivity rate was now higher than 10 percent.

He also updated Kentuckians on the distribution plan for the initial COVID-19 vaccine shipments. Long-term care residents and staff, as well as health care professionals, will be inoculated first.

In total, Kentucky is expected to receive 38,025 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the first round of shipments from the federal government. These doses are all for the initial vaccine. The booster shots will be delivered approximately three weeks later. Both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines require an initial dose and a booster dose.

The governor said the state’s total doses and the plan for where those will be distributed are subject to change.

“The initial allocation sites were chosen because they were large enough to handle 975 Pfizer doses; the CDC required they had to have ultra-low cold storage; they had to be completely enrolled as a COVID provider; and we wanted a good coverage area across Kentucky,” said Governor Beshear. “We also looked at high-incident rate sites.”

The current planned allocation for 12,675 doses going to hospitals is: Lourdes Hospital (975), Pikeville Medical Center (975), University of Kentucky Hospital (1,950), Baptist Health Madisonville (975), Baptist Hospital Louisville (975), St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood (975), Baptist Health Corbin (975), Baptist Health Lexington (975), Norton Hospital (1,950), Medical Center at Bowling Green (975) and University of Louisville Hospital (975).

In addition, 25,350 doses will go to CVS and Walgreens; the federal government has contracted with these companies to vaccinate long-term care residents and staff. All of the initial doses given to CVS and Walgreens will be used for this purpose.

Vaccine providers still needing to enroll should fill out the form at kycovid19.ky.gov. The website includes the draft Kentucky vaccination plan, which includes a draft outline of our planning phases and critical populations.

Finally, the governor on Thursday extended the state’s face coverings mandate for an additional 30 days.

Kentucky cases

The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported 3,895 new cases of COVID-19 and 34 additional deaths on Thursday.

The newly reported deaths include a 101-year-old woman from Graves County, a 69-year-old woman from Hickman County and a 94-year-old woman from McCracken County.

This brings the total number of cases in the state to 190,601 with 2,014 deaths. KDPH also reported a total of 28,755 recoveries.

The top counties with the most positive cases on Thursday were: Jefferson, Fayette, Hardin, kenton, Boon and McCracken. Each of the counties reported 100 or more new cases; Jefferson County alone reported 683.

As of Thursday, 1,810 people were hospitalized in Kentucky with COVID-19. Of those, 415 were in ICU and 240 were on ventilators.

The positivity rate in Kentucky is currently 10.07 percent.

Currently, 2,902,833 tests for the virus have been conducted in Kentucky.

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