COVID-19 cases in Christian County are low and stable, in contrast to influenza (flu) cases, which are widespread and spreading quickly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that during the 2019-2020 flu season, more than 18 million Americans contracted the flu, more than 410,000 were hospitalized, and more than 24,000 flu-related fatalities were recorded.
According to the CDC, the majority of healthy adults may be able to spread an infection up to five days after becoming ill and up to one day before symptoms appear. Although the flu can be a serious viral disease, it can also be prevented.
“The best precautions to take for the flu are to get your flu vaccine to prevent serious cases of the flu that can cause serious illness. It’s also important to stay home when feeling sick and having flu-like symptoms to prevent it from spreading in communities,” said Cloie Rager, Marketing & Communications Director with Christian County Health Department (CCHD).
Flu vaccines should not affect or change anything about COVID-19 vaccines, even if given simultaneously according to the CCHD.
The CCHD provides flu vaccines on a walk-in basis every day, with no appointment required.
“We are currently giving flu shots for ages 6 months and up. Children under age 8 are recommended to get 2 doses of flu vaccine the first year that they get it. Also, our high dose vaccine for ages 65 and up is quadrivalent this year rather than trivalent as in previous years,” said Rager.
For more information about flu vaccines call (270) 881-4160 or visit christiancountyhd.com.
The Pennyrile Area Development District is a public planning and development organization collaborating with local leaders, agencies and staff striving to support regional strategies, solutions and partnerships that improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of the Pennyrile region.
On Monday afternoon, November 14, 2022 Pennyrile Area Development District held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors inside of their conference meeting.
Their monthly staff reports were given and reported among those present Monday afternoon.
Updates were given on the Community & Economic Development 2022 CEDS/Water Management, alongside information on Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living Veteran Directed Home & Community Based Services. West Kentucky Workforce Board Workforce spoke about upcoming job fairs as well as PADD monthly code of ethics report was given.
During PeADD monthly meeting, a guest speaker was presented to the community. Heather Gray, the Executive Director, Founder and President of Joy Closet gave a presentation to those in attendance.
Gray gave an overview of Joy Closet’s vision and resources available at the community foster closet.
Joy Closet is a 501©3 organization whose purpose is to support foster, kinship and adoptive families along the journey. Oftentimes, when children are placed in a foster home, they often arrive with only the clothes on their backs. Joy Closet acts as a resource that foster/kinship families can quickly visit upon receiving a placement and get items these children need such as: clothing, shoes, car seats, and other basic needs, free of charge.
Gray spoke about the three visions for Joy Closet’s upcoming future.
The three visions for the organization is an Eagle Fly Program that will connect aging out teens with life skills, mentors and careers. The second vision for the organization is a Hope House set to provide hope for children who enter the foster care system and the third vision is a Peaceful Meadows Ranch which aims to help teens in crisis by providing a safe, temporary home.
Once Gray gave her presentation, she invited everyone to come see the newest facility located at 814 Belmont Street.
PeADD’s mission is to provide the Pennyrile region with the highest quality of professional planning, development and implementation services in the areas of community and economic development, workforce, transportation, social services, and public administration.
The meeting adjourned just after PeADD Executive Director Jason Vincent reminded the audience of the annual Christmas Luncheon and Legislative Update set for December 12, 2022. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 and the board meeting is set to follow directly after.
Learn more about PeADD online at https://www.peadd.org
Christian County’s temperatures are predicted to be 15 degrees below average for an additional week, skipping the fall season and going straight into winter according to Meteorologist Andy Lesage with the National Weather Service.
“The first 10 days of the month, we were in the 70s and even a couple of 80s for Paducah. Now we have January weather with 7-day forecasts of highs in the 30s or 40s,” said Lesage.
The main event for the week, according to Lesage, will be a rain and snow mix Monday night into Tuesday morning.
“Snow is expected between midnight and 6 a.m. with lingering precipitation; some counties may only see rain accumulation,” said Lesage.
According to Lesage, throughout the week below-average temperatures, gusty winds, morning wind chills, and dry weather following the rain/snow mix is expected continuing drought conditions.
The Kentucky Drought Monitor reported that drought conditions have slightly improved; some areas that were experiencing severe drought levels are now experiencing moderate drought levels.
“Between last week and this upcoming week, there’s not a lot of precipitation that will alleviate the drought concerns,” said Lesage.
Lesage predicted another cold week for next week in the 14-day forecast, but normal November temperatures could arrive around Thanksgiving week.
As the holidays are soon approaching, the need for gifts is on the rise but apart from spending money, creativity is something that is priceless.
Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library is set to host a creative writing program with a holiday twist on Wednesday, November 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
This class is free for the community to attend with no pre-registration required.
This year’s workshop at the Library will be led by Hopkinsville Community College Professors Elizabeth Burton and Addison James.
Those who are thinking of sending holiday cards and letters to friends and family are in for a treat with this personalized class. This creative writing class will involve crafting unique letters and cards for loved ones to enjoy.
DeeAnna Sova, HCCPL Executive Director, shared, “Addison and Elizabeth always have great attendance for their writing programs and with the holidays fast approaching, we thought this might be a great opportunity to put a twist on the holiday letter.”
“We encourage participants to arrive with a list of what you’d like to include; and leave with a holiday letter your friends and family will still be talking about this time next year.”
HCCPL will provide holiday stationery to get everyone started.
Expressive writing can bring a range of mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. Creative writing classes such as this Wednesday offer ways for the community to stay connected while also having fun in the process.
Come out and join in the Library’s creative class this Wednesday. Lots of crafts and lots of fun are set to be had tomorrow afternoon.
Hopkinsville’s Public Library is open 6 days a week and provides entertainment, education and programming opportunities for over 3,500 patrons each month Monday-Friday, 9:30 am until 6:30 pm and Saturday’s, 9:00 am till 4:30 pm.
For more information about HCCPL events and programs, follow HCCPL at www.hccpl.org or on the library Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hopkinsvillechristiancountypubliclibrary/