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Gov. Beshear announces 500 new jobs coming to Ky. during Team Kentucky update

Governor Beshear announced more new jobs in the Commonwealth during his Team Kentucky update on...
Governor Beshear announced more new jobs in the Commonwealth during his Team Kentucky update on Thursday, Sept. 30.(Governor Andy Beshear/Facebook)
Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 3:57 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2021 at 3:17 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear announced more than 500 new jobs are coming to the Commonwealth.

He made the announcement during his Team Kentucky update on Thursday morning, September 30.

It comes days after he announced Ford Motor Company’s and SK Innovation’s $5.8 billion investment that will create 5,000 jobs.

“This week, we set out to build what we believe will be the largest electric vehicle battery plants in the country, right off I-65 in Hardin County. The project not only sets the bar globally for battery production, it also breaks nearly all of our previous economic development records in Kentucky,” said Governor Beshear. “This is the single largest capital investment and the largest jobs announcement in our state’s history. And this was only the first jobs announcement of the week. All eyes are on Kentucky, and we’re just getting started.”

Community Wellness Technology Inc. will invest $15 million to establish a new facility in Boyle County.

Harbor Steel & Supply Corp. will build a second Kentucky facility with an $8 million investment that will create 25 full-time jobs.

The governor said Shelby County was awarded $850,000 in grant money to build a gravity sewer system for Wieland North America Inc., creating 43 new jobs.

Monoclonal antibody treatment update

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health said the allocation of monoclonal antibody treatment courses from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Kentucky this week was 6,114 courses, which is down 802 courses from the previous week.

The week ending Sept. 28, Kentucky used 4,074 mAb treatment courses and had 9,671 courses on hand.

HHS allocates mAbs for states on Monday afternoons based on prior week case rate, hospitalizations and mAbs utilization.

“Please remember the supplies are limited. There’s not enough for the entire nation, and that’s why there’s this new allocation system,” said Dr. Stack. “So when you contact a site, they’re going to use current Food and Drug Administration criteria for who are the highest risk and the most in need, and they’re going to use that coupled with their supply to determine prioritization and who can get the treatment at that time. Obviously, the hope is the disease will go down, we’ll need less of this and everyone who needs it will have access.”

Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky

From March 1 to Sept. 29, 86.2 percent of COVID-19 cases, 92.4 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 84.5 percent of COVID-19 deaths have been among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.

Governor Beshear said due to more Kentuckians getting vaccinated over the summer and wearing masks indoors, the commonwealth is now seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ventilator uses.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported 3,893 new cases of COVID-19 and 82 additional deaths as of Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The current positivity rate in the state is 10.05 percent.

As of Wednesday, 1,995 Kentuckians were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 573 were in the ICU and 384 were on ventilators.

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