Gov. Beshear gives new jobs announcements, update on COVID-19

Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky as of Thursday, November 18.
Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky as of Thursday, November 18.(Kentucky Dept. for Public Health)
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2021 at 3:45 PM CST
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KENTUCKY (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear will hold a Team Kentucky update on Thursday afternoon, November 18.

The governor discussed the state’s new jobs announcements, as well as gave an update on COVID-19.

He first congratulated Toyota for its recently announced plan to invest $461 million for continued upgrades at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown.

He also highlighted recent expansion plans announced by Helpware, a digital customer service company, which is growing its Montgomery County office and creating a new office in Mercer County.

In addition, materials manufacturer INOAC Group North America will add nearly 50 full-time jobs in Springfield with a more than $13.7 million investment. To support new business with Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, INOAC is investing in facility upgrades and new equipment and technology.

On Thursday, Governor Beshear awarded $1,117,623 to help local governments in three eastern Kentucky counties restore infrastructure damaged by flooding over the past two years.

COVID-19 cases in Kentucky

As of Thursday, the governor said 446,698 Kentuckians have had a vaccination booster.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported 1,855 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths.

The positivity rate is 6.18 percent.

The department reported 750 Kentuckians were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 195 were in the ICU and 100 were on a ventilator.

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