Kentucky Coronavirus Cases and Daily Infection Rate Rises Again; the booster clinic in Capitol Rotunda delivers 200 booster shots

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Pro Tem Senate President David P. Givens, R-Greensburg, got Covid-19 vaccine shot in clinic
held in the Rotonda del Campidoglio, sponsored by Gov. Andy Beshear. (Photo from the Governor’s Office)

By Melissa Patrick

Kentucky Health News

As coronavirus case rates in the state rose again, Gov. Andy Beshear and his administration hosted a Covid-19 recall clinic at the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, reporting that more than 200 people have obtained one.

Both Health Commissioner Steven Stack and Beshear have encouraged the Kentuckians to get their recall if they are eligible.

“Do you remember how great it was at the beginning of the summer to start returning to the lives we knew before this virus? These vaccination boosters are how we get back there, “Stack said in a press release.” We need to unite to work against the misinformation out there about these vaccines and the virus. Vaccines are incredibly safe and incredibly effective. , and they are how we go back to our lives and keep our friends, family and loved ones safe. “

Beshear encouraged others to run their own clinics.

“We want to encourage other healthcare professionals to set up similar clinics,” said Beshear. “The fact that it’s sold out today shows that when you do it in one convenient place, we can get more people empowered faster.”

As of Wednesday, 359,108 Kentuckians had received a recall, according to the release. Overall, 2.6 million Kentuckians received at least one dose of the vaccine, or 58% of the total population. The state vaccine dashboard states that 2,532 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received their first shot, which is 1% of this population in the state. This age group has only become eligible for the Pfizer vaccine last week

Nationwide, about 3 percent of children aged 5 to 11 received their first dose of the vaccine as of Wednesday, a White House official said NPR.
New one Research in Texas shows the importance of being fully vaccinated to protect against serious illness and death. It found that unvaccinated people accounted for more than 85 percent of the state’s 29,000 Covid-related deaths between mid-January and October, “in other words, unvaccinated people in Texas were 40 times more likely to die from the disease than those. fully vaccinated, ” relationships The Washington Post.

The state reported 1,937 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, its 21-day high, bringing the seven-day moving average to 1,278.39 (3.1%) higher than on Tuesday. Of the new cases, 31% are in Kentuckians 18 and younger.

The percentage of Kentuckians who tested positive for the virus in the past seven days is 5.37%, down slightly from Tuesday’s rate of 5.7%. The number of tests jumped from around 76,000 on Tuesday to around 83,000 on Wednesday.

The seven-day infection rate increased to 23.95 daily cases per 100,000 residents, the highest in 11 days. The counties with more than double the rates were Robertson, 81.3; Powell, 78.6; Harrison, 54.5; Concession, 51.3; and Carroll, July 49. The New York Times ranks The Kentucky badger is 25th among the states.

Most of Kentucky remains in the orange or red zone, for high (above 25) or substantial (10-25) transmission. Only 11 counties are in the yellow zone, considered to be moderately transmitted (1-10).

Kentucky hospitals reported 688 Covid-19 patients, 19 more than Tuesday, with 175 in intensive care (four more) and 112 on mechanical ventilation (one more).

ICUs appear to be filling up again, with nine of the state’s 10 hospital regions reporting using at least 80 percent of their ICU capacity. Five of the regions use at least 90% of the capacity, with Northern Kentucky using the most, 96%.

The state reported another 42 deaths from Covid-19, bringing the death toll from the pandemic to 10,104.

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