‘We cannot as a country and a government lift these folks up,’ Gov. Beshear comments on petitions filed for impeachment, COVID update

‘We cannot as a country and a government lift these folks up,’ Gov. Beshear comments on petitions filed for impeachment, COVID update
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (Source: Office of the Governor/KET)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) - On Tuesday, Governor Beshear provided an update on the commonwealth’s fight against the spread of COVID-19 and the continued vaccine rollout.

Beshear started off by saying a new announcement could be made Thursday in terms of vaccine allotment and distribution.

The governor also spoke about petitions that have filed for his impeachment, mentioning some individuals who are part of state government are “fanning the flames.”

An example was shown of a Facebook post by a candidate who ran for Grayson / Hardin County House Representative who had signed the petition, issuing a “warning for Governor Beshear” in a video message back in April. Another individual who signed the petition also put together the rally where Gov. Beshear was hanged in effigy at the State Capitol.

“We cannot as a country and as a government lift these folks up. It is dangerous,” Beshear said. “It is fanning the flames of their hate and of their anger. Whether this was something filed against me or anybody else, going out there and playing patty-cake with these so called militias that stormed our U.S. Capitol and murdered a DC Capitol police officer and that put everybody else in danger is just wrong.”

Tuesday’s update confirmed an additional 3,053 cases, making this the fourth-highest report on a Tuesday according to the governor.

“We are sure that this is a surge caused by gatherings through the holidays,” Beshear said, “but there is a chance and what we are seeing in the data that while people gathered in the holidays that maybe now they’ve changed their behavior back to being careful. If that’s the case, then hopefully we’ll see a leveling off.”

Total number of COVID-19 cases reported within the commonwealth so far is now 308,729.

Kentucky’s positivity rate based on a seven-day rolling average is now 12.23 percent.

An additional 22 deaths due to COVID-19 were also confirmed in Tuesday’s report, bringing the total number of deaths due to the virus to 2,944.

Other information provided in Tuesday’s report includes:

  • Patients currently hospitalized: 1,733
  • Patients currently in ICU: 397
  • Patients currently on ventilator: 205
  • Long-Term Care Facilities: 71 new resident cases, 53 new staff cases, 28 additional deaths

For additional information on positive cases and breakdowns on county, race and ethnicity, visit the Team Kentucky COVID-19 website.

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