More Kentucky National Guard Members Deployed to Assist Hospitals


Governor Andy Beshear announced the state would expand its National Guard presence to assist hospitals. He made the announcement during a Team Kentucky update live at noon on Thursday, September 23.The governor said he sent 505 Kentucky National Guard members to 29 hospitals throughout the state, expanding the Guard’s presence by 94 members and to our more hospitals.As of Thursday, 64 of 96 state hospitals are reporting critical staffing shortages, and 130 adult ICU beds are available statewide. Five Kentucky children with COVID-19 are currently on ventilators. He said this week, 90 acute care hospitals have administered 4,385 monoclonal antibody treatment courses. Kentucky will receive 4,960 treatments for the entire week. He said from March 1 to Sept. 22, 86.7 percent of COVID-19 cases, 92.1 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 84.6 percent of COVID-19 deaths have been among partially vaccinated or vaccinated Kentuckians. The current positivity rate is 11.33 percent.

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