Gov. Beshear discusses gas prices, baby formula shortage, six-month anniversary of deadly tornadoes
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held his weekly Team Kentucky update on Thursday, June 9.
The briefing was at 11:30 at the Capitol in Frankfort.
The governor declared a state of emergency regarding the baby formula shortage. This order activates the state price-gouging laws.
Kentuckians should report baby formula price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General.
Governor Beshear announced he sent a letter to top administrators at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requesting they grant a waiver to Jefferson County and parts of Bullitt and Oldham counties in which reformulated gasoline is mandated.
If approved, the waiver would be in effect for up to 20 days and would allow for the sale of conventional gasoline in the area.
The governor announced a sixth round of awards from the West Kentucky State Aid Funding for Emergencies fund.
The more than $16.3 million in assistance will go to two eligible western Kentucky counties and one utility to help with the costs of restoration and recovery from the devastating December 2021 tornadoes.
Thursday’s funding awards include:
- $1.2 million to the city of Dawson Springs for land survey costs;
- $15 million to Mayfield Electric & Water Systems for strained fiscal liquidity
- More than $61,000 for strained fiscal liquidity and nearly $115,000 for wet debris removal to Muhlenberg County
Governor Beshear also noted that he will be in Mayfield Friday to mark the 6-month anniversary of the tornadoes that struck parts of western Kentucky on Dec. 10-11, 2021.
Regarding COVID-19, the governor noted that cases are rising once again, with 9,760 cases announced from May 30 through June 5. He said the positivity rate continues its upward trend, reaching 12.41 percent on June 5.
Overall hospitalizations in Kentucky, as well as the number of patients in the ICU and on a ventilator, have increased, but not proportionally with case numbers.
Public health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack briefed Kentuckians about recent cases of hepatitis in children. One of these cases has been reported in Lyon County.
Dr. Stack discussed efforts by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with state health departments, to identify children with hepatitis of unknown cause.
So far, he said there are six cases in Kentucky, with children ranging from 8-months to 4-years old.
Dr. Stack said there is no relation to the COVID-19 vaccines and no link to other common causes of viral hepatitis.
Governor Beshear also updated Kentuckians on expansions by two Kentucky distilleries and economic development awards.
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