Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear updated the Commonwealth recently, reporting more than 9,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Kentucky is averaging 37 COVID-related deaths per day. Beshear reported an overall decline in cases and hospitalizations, but urged Kentuckians to remain vigilant to stop the spread.
“In the emergency room, we’re packed full. There are days when there are 20 to 30 people out in the lobby waiting for a bed. We’re trying our best to prioritize the patients that need to be seen,” said Rebecca Harper, RN, emergency room nurse at KDMC in a press release from the governor. “People are not getting vaccinated for COVID, they’re not social distancing and not wearing their mask and they’re coming in sicker than I’ve ever seen before. It’s emotionally draining when you see people that are young, that you know would’ve lived a full life if they just made a different decision and maybe would’ve gotten the vaccine. People who look at you and are smothering essentially, and they literally say, ‘If I could’ve done anything differently, I would’ve gotten the vaccine.’”
As always, masks are required in classrooms and all indoor spaces at Kentucky State University regardless of vaccination status. If PPE is needed for classrooms, please submit a request to COVID19@kysu.edu.