More Kentucky hospitals facing critical staffing shortages

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor says staffing shortages have spread to more hospitals as medical staffs treat record numbers of COVID-19 patients. Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday that more than half of the state’s hospitals are struggling with “critical staffing shortages.” Coronavirus-related hospitalizations rose 43 straight days through Thursday. The state on Thursday reported its highest number of virus patients hospitalized, in intensive care units and on ventilators. The governor’s grim update came as he announced the final round of winners in Kentucky’s “Shot at a Million” sweepstakes. The incentive program encouraged people to get the COVID-19 shots.