COVID Update: Local Actives Increase; Beshear Wants Of Hospital Staffing Shortages

UNDATED (09/02/21) — The latest figures on COVID now show 380 active cases in Breckinridge County as of Thursday night. The latest numbers from the County Health Department show 43 new cases on Wednesday, with 20 patients hospitalized, all unvaccinated. The latest figures now show nearly 38 percent of county residents vaccinated.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor says critical staffing shortages have spread to more hospitals struggling with an influx of COVID-19 patients as the delta variant infects more people. Gov. Andy Beshear continues to implore Kentuckians to get vaccinated and wear masks when in public indoors, away from home. He said Thursday the highly contagious variant “continues to burn through Kentucky” at an unprecedented rate. As coronavirus cases keep mounting, he says 62 of the state’s 96 hospitals are dealing with critical staffing shortages. Beshear says the state had its second-highest daily total of new virus cases. He also reported 45 more virus-related deaths.