Beshear: State's pediatric ICU beds full, others nearing capacity as RSV, flu ramp up
Kentucky’s pediatric hospitals are running out of space as flu, RSV, and other illnesses are making an aggressive comeback – especially in children. That’s according to the governor’s office.
Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday he’s seeing some troubling numbers from the state’s pediatric facilities.
"The report I got earlier this week is that almost every pediatric bed at our three hospitals that have pediatric beds... nearly all of them were full, and pediatric ICU bed were completely full."Gov. Andy Beshear
I hope that's eased in the days since I saw that report, but I doubt it" Beshear added. "We need to make sure we are watching our kids very closely with what's going around."
Some school systems are calling off class based due to widespread illness. On Friday, those include Paris Independent, Bourbon, Madison, and Clark County schools.
The start of this flu season is off to a heavy start.— Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (@LFCHD) November 2, 2022
Lexington is reporting 29 new lab-confirmed cases this week, up from just 1 case the previous week.
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That news comes as the state’s community COVID map shows the virus largely under control at the moment, despite an earlier CDC map that contained a mistake that made it appear Kentucky’s levels had gotten worse.
Instead, the current map shows no counties in the red, some in the yellow mostly in eastern Kentucky with a patch in the central part of the state, and the vast majority in the green – including Fayette.
Green designated a low level of community spread and recommends mask use based on individual preference based on individual risk.