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Ky. National Guard presence expanded to support more hospitals

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 2:43 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 11:29 AM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear announced the state would expand its National Guard presence to help hospitals.

He made the announcement during a Team Kentucky update live at noon on Thursday, September 23.

The governor said he deployed 505 Kentucky National Guard members to 29 hospitals throughout the state, expanding the Guard’s presence by 94 members and to our more hospitals.

“This is the largest deployment of the Kentucky National Guard for a health care crisis in the commonwealth’s history,” said Governor Beshear. “We continue to hear from our hospitals how much these incredible professionals help.”

As of Thursday, 64 of 96 state hospitals are reporting critical staffing shortages, and 130 adult ICU beds are available statewide. Five Kentucky children with COVID-19 are currently on ventilators.

To see a map of current Kentucky National Guard, COVID-19 testing and nursing student support to hospitals, click here.

The governor said this week, 90 acute care hospitals have administered 4,385 monoclonal antibody treatment courses. Kentucky will receive 4,960 treatments for the entire week.

Kentucky case update

Governor Beshear reported 2,667,900 Kentuckians have received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, meaning 70 percent of all eligible Kentuckians have received at least one dose.

He said from March 1 to Sept. 22, 86.7 percent of COVID-19 cases, 92.1 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 84.6 percent of COVID-19 deaths have been among partially vaccinated or vaccinated Kentuckians.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported 4,099 new cases of COVID-19 and 44 additional deaths on Thursday, September 23.

The current positivity rate is 11.33 percent.

According to KDPH, 2,223 Kentuckians are hospitalized with the virus. Of those, 625 are in the ICU and 424 are on ventilators.

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