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.