The Christian County Health Department announced no new COVID-19 related deaths this week, but shared that the number of new cases this week is up considerably from the last few weeks.
According to the CCHD, the total cases for the county have moved to 10,896 as of Friday.
The county has seen an increase of cases by 133 since last week, on Nov. 5. The previous week saw an increase of 72 between Nov. 5 and Oct. 29.
While the week prior saw an increase of 74 between Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, revealing that this week’s number of new cases is an increase compared to the previous constant rate of between 70 — 75 new cases each week for the several prior weeks.
Of the 10,896 total cases, 195 of them are currently active cases, up from 170 since last week. Meanwhile, 10,565 cases have recovered from the virus.
Within the currently active cases, 57 are people aged zero to 21, 109 are between 22 and 59 and 28 are 60 to 84. There is currently one active case for ages 85 and older as of this week.
Of the 133 new cases this week, CCHD did not share how many are considered breakthrough cases. Breakthrough cases mean that individuals who have been vaccinated have tested positive for the coronavirus. Last week breakthrough cases consisted of 7% of active cases.
The demographic breakdown of the new cases contracted this week is as follows: 30 are pediatric cases, while 90 of the new cases are white, 28 are Black and 15 are unknown.
This week the health department did give updated data on the number of vaccinations administered this week compared to last.
CCHD has administered 14,857 first doses of the Moderna vaccine, 13,739 second doses of Moderna, 270 third doses and 1,495 Moderna booster shots.
As for Pfizer, the department has given 358 first doses, 374 second doses, 108 third doses and 44 Pfizer booster shots.
Finally, for Johnson and Johnson, CCHD has administered 993 doses and 20 Johnson and Johnson booster shots.
The health department has now begun administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to children as of this week.
CCHD began offering Pfizer vaccines to children aged between 5 — 11, on Wednesday, Nov. 17. This week the department has administered 26 total pediatric Pfizer vaccines.
The department will continue accepting both walk-ins and appointments for Pfizer COVID vaccines for children every Wednesday from 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
While walk-ins are available, CCHD encourages parents to schedule appointments in order to avoid long wait times at the department.
To schedule an appointment online, go to http://ow.ly/vLBJ50GJvB0.
Also on Nov. 17, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order that qualifies any individual aged 18 or older who live or work in Kentucky for a booster dose of COVID vaccines.
The health department will continue to offer COVID vaccines, including Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson, to anyone aged 12 and up on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
CCHD clarified that it will not be accepting walk-ins or appointments for anyone under the age of 12 on Tuesdays or Thursdays. The department will be offering vaccines to anyone between 5 and 11 on Wednesdays only.
Janssen, more commonly known as Johnson & Johnson, booster doses are available to individuals aged 18 and up 2 months after the completion of the initial series.
CCHD added that while the department prefers individuals to receive a booster from the same product as their initially completed vaccine series, if that product is not available or another product is preferred, boosting with a single dose of any authorized COVID-19 vaccine boosters is acceptable.
In other words, you can now mix vaccine products. So, if an individual completed their initial series with Moderna, that individual may now receive a Pfizer shot if preferred or Moderna is out of stock.
CCHD reiterated what medical conditions are considered underlying health conditions that put individuals at increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection. Those include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic lung disease (including COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
- Dementia or other neurological conditions
- Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
- Down syndrome
- Heat conditions
- HIV infection
- Immunocompromised state
- Liver disease
- Overweight or obese
- Pregnancy or recently pregnant people
- Sickle cell disease of thalassemia
- Smoking, current or former
- Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
- Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
- Substance abuse disorders
The health department will continue hosting drive thru testing at the health department Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
As previously reported by the New Era, CCHD believes the majority of the new cases are due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
CCHD recommends that everyone follow the COVID safety precautions that were implemented previously when the county was in red.
Those include frequent hand washing, avoiding large social gatherings, especially among people who have not been vaccinated and wearing a mask for additional protection, especially indoors.