Kentucky passes 500K total COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations surge


FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – As the total of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky surpassed 500,000 today, one central Kentucky hospital is dealing with the highest daily virus-related admissions since the pandemic started.

“We are facing a very difficult time on the hospital side,” WEDCO health director Dr. Crystal Miller said.

Hospitals in Kentucky are in overdrive as the delta variant of COVID-19 has led to a surge in cases, and in turn hospitalizations.

“We are seeing it right here. Hospitalizations are increasing, people are sicker,” Dr. Miller said.

The WEDCO District Health Department is sounding the alarm, saying hospital demand in Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties is increasing. Trips to the ER are, too.

“Actually today was the highest admission rate for COVID patients in one of our local hospitals in our district. All the COVID beds are taken and they are actually having to expand in other areas for COVID patients,” Dr. Miller said.

A statement from Georgetown Community Hospital says they are seeing high admission rates and have 10 COVID-19 admissions right now, but aren’t at capacity.

Harrison Memorial Hospital reopened its COVID-19 unit to handle a potential influx but are not at full capacity and fully prepared to care for additional COVID patients as needed.

“The reality of it is we have hospital systems who are being overburdened and cannot take the capacity and we need not ignore that. That is a very dangerous situation that we are in,” Dr. Miller said.

WEDCO will host several vaccination clinics this week. Wednesday at the Harrison County Health Center, Thursday at the Nicholas County Health Center and Friday at the Scott County Health Center. All three vaccine clinics are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome.

Governor Beshear reported 1,301 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 500,267 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 10.78% positivity rate. Of Monday’s new cases, 269 are in kids 18 or younger.

There were seven new COVID-19 related deaths reported on Monday. That brings the state total to 7,387.

As of Monday, 1,139 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 331 are in the ICU, and 158 are on ventilators.

The governor reported 2,370,713 Kentuckians have been vaccinated.

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