Gov. Beshear reports 2,250 new COVID-19 cases; 27 deaths
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - Gov. Andy Beshear gave the latest update Tuesday afternoon on both the spread of COVID-19 and the distribution of vaccines in Kentucky.
Gov. Beshear reported 2,250 new cases bringing the total number of Kentuckians infected to 330,907.
The governor also reported 27 new deaths raising the death toll to 3,194.
“I come to you today as our country passes a grim milestone of losing 400,000 Americans to the coronavirus. That is a staggering loss. It’s so large it’s hard to actually see it in your mind, to process how big it is,” said Gov. Beshear. “You could fill up both UK and UofL stadiums three-and-a-quarter times and that would represent the number of lives, the number of people that we have lost in America,” said Gov. Beshear on the COVID-19 Deaths in the U.S.
The Governor said 332,450 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been received in Kentucky and 221,440 doses have been administered. Of the doses administered, 36,970 have been given to long-term care facility residents and staff.
“I am confident that in Kentucky if we had the unlimited vaccine, we could easily immunize 200,000 to 250,000 people a week, if not more today if we had enough vaccine,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “We get about 54,000 doses per week approximately, and that’s all we can do.”
The Governor also announced Kentucky hospitals will receive an additional $800 million to $1 billion annually to help advance the quality of care of Medicaid members and provide a stable base for hospitals that will extend beyond the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander said, “This is an opportunity for Kentucky to really take a step forward in coverage for our fellow Kentuckians, for improving the quality of care and for paying hospitals what we should.”
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