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300+ additional National Guard members to help strained Ky. hospitals

Governor Andy Beshear announced more teams from the Kentucky National Guard will arrived over...
Governor Andy Beshear announced more teams from the Kentucky National Guard will arrived over the next week to help strained hospitals.(AP)
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 4:05 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2021 at 1:30 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear announced more teams from the Kentucky National Guard will arrived over the next week to help strained hospitals.

He said 310 additional Guard members will support 21 hospitals around the Commonwealth with “nonclinical functions” so hospital staff can focus on patient care.

“This shows that every hospital is bursting at the seams, that they desperately need help and that we are a state full of more desperately sick people than we have ever seen,” said Governor Beshear. “I believe this is the largest deployment of the Guard in this crisis health care situation in our history. Every time we’ve asked, they’ve stepped up and served us so proudly.”

More than 100 Guard members already are assisting at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard, The Medical Center at Bowling Green and Pikeville Medical Center.

The additional teams will support:

  • T.J. Samson Community Hospital - Glasgow
  • Taylor Regional Hospital - Campbellsville
  • Ohio County Hospital - Hartford
  • Manchester Hospital - Manchester
  • CHI Saint Joseph Health - London
  • Baptist Health Hospital - Corbin
  • Baptist Health Hospital - Elizabethtown
  • Baptist Health Hospital - Lexington
  • Baptist Health Hospital - Louisville
  • Baptist Health Hospital - Paducah
  • Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center - Prestonsburg
  • Tugvalley ARH Regional Medical Center - South Williamson
  • Middlesboro ARH Hospital
  • Harlan ARH Hospital
  • Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital - Paducah
  • UofL Hospital - Louisville
  • TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital - Bowling Green
  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital - Mount Vernon
  • Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital - Somerset
  • Kentucky River Medical Center - Jackson
  • St. Elizabeth Covington Hospital

“In coordination with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, we’ve now mobilized more than 400 soldiers and airmen to help provide logistical and administrative support to 25 hospitals across the commonwealth,” said Brig. Gen. Bryan Howay, director of the joint staff, Kentucky National Guard. “Supporting this critical mission impacts our service members as well since we’re part of the same communities we’re assisting. While our mission is temporary, it serves to highlight the importance of wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and most importantly, getting vaccinated.”

The governor reported that 60 of 96 Kentucky hospitals currently have critical staffing shortages. He also said there are only 90 available adult intensive care beds throughout the Commonwealth, the lowest ever during the pandemic.

“Folks, our hospital situation has never been more dire in my lifetime than it is right now,” said Governor Beshear.

Governor Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Thursday, September 9.

COVID-19 update in Kentucky

On Thursday, the governor reported 2,587,406 Kentuckians have received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, meaning 70 percent of Kentucky adults are vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, September 8, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reported 4,468 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 30 additional deaths.

They have a total of 7,935 deaths from COVID-19 in the state.

The positivity rate was 14.16 percent.

Currently, 2,424 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, 674 are in the ICU and 431 are on ventilators.

1st round winners of Vax and Visit Kentucky announced

Also on Thursday, Governor Beshear announced the first round of winners from the Vax and Visit Kentucky incentive program.

The winners are:

  • Michael James of Flemingsburg
  • Gladys Hutcherson of Frankfort
  • Casey Apgar of Erlanger
  • Alisa Lipsky of Louisville
  • Nancy Allen of Monticello
  • Robert Rippingale of Hodgenville
  • Jason Phillips of Clermont
  • Debbie Yancey of Monticello
  • Mary McCloud-Jones of Louisville
  • Pamela Campbell of Fort Thomas

The next drawing will take place Sept. 20, with winners announced Sept. 21. For more information and to enter, click here.

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