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Beshear Announces First 11 Kentucky Hospitals To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Screenshot from Gov. Andy Beshear media briefing 12.3.2020
Screenshot from Gov. Andy Beshear media briefing 12.3.2020

Governor Andy Beshear during Thursday’s media briefing on the coronavirus announced 11 Kentucky hospitals that will receive the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

Frontline health care workers will be the first to receive a vaccine. Of the 11 Kentucky hospitals, Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital will receive 975 initial doses of the vaccine. Hospitals will be able to allocate employees based on analysis. Beshear said hospitals could begin vaccinating frontline health care workers as soon as Dec. 15.

Screenshot from Gov. Andy Beshear media briefing 12.3.2020 marking the locations of the first 11 hospitals to receive vaccines.
Screenshot from Gov. Andy Beshear media briefing 12.3.2020 marking the locations of the first 11 hospitals to receive vaccines.

Beshear reported the second highest daily number of coronavirus cases on Thursday at 3,895. Of those, 416 are children.

Thursday’s reporting now brings the state to 190,601 total COVID-19 cases. The state’s positivity rate is now 10.07%, up from 9.62% reported on Wednesday.

The state reported 1,810 Kentuckians in the hospital with COVID-19, up 42 from Wednesday. Beshear also reported 450 people receiving intensive care treatment and 240 on a ventilator.

There were also 34 deaths reported Thursday. This is the third highest day for COVID-19 deaths in the commonwealth. Since Monday, 118 deaths have been reported, bringing the total number ever in Kentucky to 2,014.

Calloway County Health Department reported 29 new cases and one additional death related to COVID-19 on Thursday. The total number of confirmed cases ever in Calloway County is now at 1,855. Officials report 1,564 positive cases have recovered, 252 are isolated at home, 13 are hospitalized, and 26 have died.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital reported a 18.391% positivity rate of testing completed on Dec.1.

As of Thursday, Beshear reported 113 counties in the red zone, leaving all but seven counties in the orange zone.

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Credit kycovid19.ky.gov

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