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Gov. Beshear: Ky. ranks 3rd in nation for highest new daily COVID-19 cases per capita

Governor Andy Beshear said Kentucky currently ranks third in the nation for the highest number...
Governor Andy Beshear said Kentucky currently ranks third in the nation for the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases per capita.
Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 10:45 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 5:44 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear said Kentucky currently ranks third in the nation for the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases per capita.

He said the state has a seven-day average of approximately 90 new cases reported per 100,000 people.

“I am asking you to break the Thanksgiving dinner rule and have a tough conversation with those you love and care about who are hesitant to get the vaccine,” said Governor Beshear. “It won’t be easy. But they are more likely to listen to a friend or family member, and that one conversation could save their life.”

Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Monday, September 13.

The governor also said after receiving new census data, the state now will be able to report percentages of Kentuckians 12 and older and ages 12 to 17 who have been vaccinated; demographic information for more than 170,000 additional vaccinated Kentuckians; and the number of Kentuckians vaccinated, rather than the number of people vaccinated in Kentucky.

Governor Beshear said he could now report that 59% of all Kentuckians, including those that are too young to be eligible, have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; 69 percent of Kentuckians 12 or older, or 69 percent of all eligible Kentuckians, have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; and 71 percent of Kentucky adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, updated Kentuckians on the use and availability of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 patients.

During the week ending Sept. 7, 2021, he said 3,642 treatment courses of monoclonal antibodies were used in Kentucky.

As of Sept. 7, Kentucky hospitals have 9,363 monoclonal antibody treatment courses on hand.

Monoclonal antibody treatments are available at 139 locations across Kentucky.

“Monoclonal antibody administration in Kentucky has expanded dramatically,” said Dr. Stack. “In the last eight weeks, we have gone from about 204 monoclonal doses given in the beginning of July all the way up to 3,642 doses given through last Wednesday. That is an 18-fold increase in just eight weeks.”

Dr. Stack explained that monoclonal antibodies are synthetic, laboratory-created antibodies. They give patients a temporary immune boost, ideally helping people who are already sick have a milder disease. They do not teach a patient’s body how to create its own antibodies.

“Monoclonal antibodies are an important tool, but we have another alternative, vaccinations. Vaccines prime your immune system to create natural antibodies that your own body will produce to create a natural immune response that then can protect you for at least eight months or more,” said Dr. Stack. “It’s a lot easier to get vaccinated than to get monoclonal antibodies.”

Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky

Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,618,081

Number of people who received at least one vaccine dose since Friday: 26,219

  • Sept. 11 Cases: 4,470
  • Sept. 11 Deaths: 18
  • Sept. 12 Cases: 3,111
  • Sept. 12 Deaths: 21

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported the following update:

  • New Cases Today: 2,426
  • New Deaths: 29
  • Today’s Positivity Rate: 13.70%
  • Current Hospitalizations: 2,446
  • Current Intensive Care Admittances: 646
  • Currently on Ventilators: 411

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