10-year-old on ventilator due to complications of COVID-19

Posted at 5:23 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 19:44:36-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Monday's briefing began with some difficult news, as Gov. Andy Beshear said a 10-year-old is on a ventilator due to complications of COVID-19.

Dr. Steven Stack talked about a syndrome that impacts children who get the coronavirus.

"There are a small number of children, adolescents and teenagers who can get a syndrome where their immune system apparently becomes overreactive and they have an extensive inflammatory response in their body," said Dr. Stack.

He added that these syndromes can lead to respiratory and intestinal problems, also saying there's not much to do to prevent those symptoms, but following the guidelines of being Healthy at Home and Healthy at Work is the best way to avoid them.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that there are 6,677 COVID-19 cases and 311 coronavirus-related deaths in the state of Kentucky.

Monday's numbers included results from Sunday and Monday. There were 141 new cases and three deaths reported on Sunday, and 105 new cases and four new deaths on Monday.

There have been 2,335 recoveries.

As for the Green River Correctional Complex, there have been 1,081 tests issued at the facility to inmates and staff members.

350 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 and 50 staff members have tested positive.

The facility has decided to separate the inmates to different buildings, based on how they tested.

For example, those who've tested positive will be grouped with others who've tested positive, negative testers with other negative testers, etc.

Gov. Beshear says there will be 50-plus testing locations this week, and he is urging everyone to get tested.