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Gov. Beshear Announces New Record in ICU Patients

In his Team Kentucky Update, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the state has reached another milestone in the wrong direction.

Posted: Aug 19, 2021 4:31 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2021 7:42 PM

During his Team Kentucky Update, Govenor Andy Beshear announced, "We have more people in the ICU yesterday, fighting for their lives from COVID, then we have had at any point during this Pandemic," He also touched on the staff shortages statewide.

44News spoke with local health officials on Thursday's announcement, "We're going to end up having a continuing nurse shortage Im afraid. Those nurses are being over-worked, over-worked, over-worked because the over load," says Jackqueline Easler, APRN at Easler & White Mediversal Group.

Beshear also advised Kentuckians to try and not go to the emergency room to get tested, he says they are currently swamped.

Easler says, this has been a very busy week for them, as they are testing more patients now, than ever. "What we want to do is intervene early, so they don't have to go to the hospital. Come in, if you're having symptoms, get tested"

According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health,  as of 8/19/2021, the current COVID-19 Hospital Census says :

Hospitalized : 1,708

ICU : 481

On Ventilator : 242

The KDPH also says nearly 69.1% of the states ICU beds are currently occupied.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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