LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Two cases of the COVID-19 variant from the UK have been confirmed in Kentucky, according to a news release from Governor Andy Beshear’s office.
The governor did not say where in the commonwealth the variant of the coronavirus was confirmed. He also reported 35 more deaths for which the virus was a contributing factor in addition to 2,714 new cases.
“Public health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack will talk about (the variant) a lot more (Wednesday), “Beshear said in a press release.” The British variant is spreading more aggressively, but he will take us through all the implications of experiencing this tension here. ”
In video update shared on his YouTube page, Beshear called the arrival of the Corona virus variant “difficult but expected news.”
This variant was first confirmed in the United States on December 29. Correct was found in a Colorado man in his 20s with no recent travel history, according to the Associated Press. Indiana identifies its first case the British variant on 11 January.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there was no current evidence that the variant caused more severe disease or an increased risk of death. However, there are reports that a strain first discovered in Britain could be even deadlier.
An infectious disease specialist from the University of Louisville, Dr. Mark Burns, told WDRB News on Monday that, “according to the information we have now,” the COVID-19 vaccine that is currently being administered across the country is working against a variant in the virus.
“We are working on the assumption that the current approved vaccination (Emergency Use Authorization) will prevent infection with this variant, but it will take a little while to figure it out,” said Schulz.
A new variant of the corona virus has been seen almost since the virus was first detected in China almost a year ago. Ordinary viruses undergo small changes as they reproduce and move through a population.
Beshear: Kentucky saw a 17% increase in vaccine supplies from the federal government
Speaking to member of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 response team, Beshear said he was told that the state would see a 17% increase in vaccination supplies as part of a national surge in vaccine shipments.
Beshear said the Biden administration also guaranteed a minimum supply of vaccines for three consecutive weeks.
“One of the difficult things we face is only knowing on Tuesday what we will experience next week and not knowing what we will experience in the weeks after,” the governor said in an update of his video. “This will help us create a plan, which will help our providers out there to make plans.
“This will help us to be able to recruit more people to their promise knowing we will have a certain number in the future,” he added.
The push from the federal government came just as the states planned online regional mass vaccination center by February 1 through a partnership with Kroger. Beshear is expected to release the locations of the regional centers on Thursday, when appointments will begin to be accepted.
Beshear said the centers will be able to give injections to anyone who qualifies for Phase 1C or more of the state’s vaccination plans. This includes anyone aged 60 or over, anyone aged 16 or older with a high-risk pre-existing health condition and all essential workers as defined by the CDC.
Health care professionals on Tuesday administered 319,608 doses of the coronavirus vaccine statewide, according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health. vaccination dashboard.
Kentucky positivity levels continued to decline amid a ‘rough’ range in the number of virus deaths
The state’s positivity rate, which measures the proportion of coronavirus tests that come back positive, fell for the eighth straight day from 9.93% on Monday to 9.63% on Tuesday – the lowest in 2021.
However, Beshear said the state continued to see “a very crude death toll” stemming from an increase in cases after Christmas and New Years.
That 35 deaths were reported Tuesday bringing Kentucky to 3,495 reported since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Among the victims were four women, ages 72, 78, 86, and 92, from Jefferson County. According to data from Kentucky Public Health, more than half of the 3,460 Kentuckian people who have died from the coronavirus are 70 years of age or older.
Of the 2,714 new cases as of Tuesday, 440 were confirmed in Jefferson County, according to Kentucky Public Health. Data released Tuesday showed 111 of the state’s 120 counties experiencing a “critical” spread of the virus.
As of Tuesday, 1,566 Kentuckian residents were hospitalized for COVID-19, according to Kentucky Public Health, while 391 were being treated for the virus in intensive care units. More than 220 patients are on ventilators.
For most people, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms that go away within a few weeks. Most of the people recovered. Of the 350,528 confirmed cases in Kentucky reported since March, at least 41,878 have recovered, according to Kentucky Public Health.
But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, this virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.
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