Well being Care Heroes Week runs to honor Kentuckians on the entrance strains of the pandemic

KENTUCKY (WKYT) – We have been in the COVID-19 pandemic for 17 months and those on the front lines have worked tirelessly to save lives.

Governor Andy Beshear proclaimed Health Heroes Recognition Week this week. Health Care Heroes Week started on Sunday and lasts all weekend.

(See WKYT’s full interview with Gov. Beshear below)

Given what everyone who works in health care is going through right now, it only seems appropriate for them to be recognized.

Since the Delta variant fills emergency rooms and intensive care units mostly with unvaccinated people, we’ve heard from doctors and nurses that they urge people to keep taking precautions and getting vaccinated.

The governor said they ran out of intensive care beds in Alabama.

We’re not at that level just yet, but healthcare executives have told us that their hospitals will pause electoral processes because so many resources are being devoted to treating Covid patients.

Not only is the governor calling for people in the healthcare sector to know they are valued, but for people to take the virus seriously.

“And now these people need it more than ever. Because people should know that we don’t care about running out of physical bed in a hospital for someone in need of help. What we’re running out of are the employees. The nurses and doctors take care of us. And when that happens, it’s not just Covid patients who suffer. It is anyone who has been in a car accident or has a heart attack or stroke. These are really big concerns, ”said Governor Beshear.

A Baptist Health spokesperson told me that they hope FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine will be one less hurdle for people who are still reluctant to get the vaccine.

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