The Christian County Health Department announced Wednesday that the department was accepting new COVID-19 vaccine appointment slots for Thursday for first dose vaccinations.

CCHD advises those currently eligible to receive their vaccines and still waiting to receive their first dose to call CCHD at 270-887-4160 ext. 640 or go to https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=21662423&appointmentType=20060026.

However, CCHD stated that it will be opening late Thursday due to possible hazardous weather. Because of the potential weather, CCHD’s vaccine clinic will not be opening until 9:30 a.m.

The health department advises that If your appointment was scheduled before 9:30 a.m., to come to the vaccine clinic anytime between 9:30 a.m. and noon or between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., as CCHD will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

CCHD added that if the weather becomes increasingly hazardous preventing the vaccine clinic from opening by 9:30 a.m., the department will notify the community at around 7:30 a.m. Thursday of any schedule changes.

The health department also shared the news of Christian County’s 79th COVID-19 related death Wedneday.

The deceased was a 40-year-old African American female with underlying coniditons, according to a CCHD press release.

As for Wednesday’s update COVID numbers, the total cases have increased by 12 since Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 6,017.

Total actives, however, currently sit at 270. Of those, 69 cases are those between the ages of 0 and 21, 153 are ages 22-59, 42 are ages 60-84 and six are ages 85 or older.

Total recovered cases now sits at 5,668.

CCHD continued to announce that per the governor’s recent COVID update, occupational child care workers are now considered to be in Phase 1B and are currently eligible for vaccination.

The health department also reiterated that appointments for Phase 1C are not yet open.

However, CCHD explained that it will begin working into Phase 1C over the next couple of weeks, according to a CCHD press release.

The initial beginning of Phase 1C will focus primarily on vaccinating those ages 60 and older with underlying health conditions.

Those conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but less than 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (body mass index [BMI] equal to or greater than 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

The health department is requesting those 60 or older that are healthy without underlying conditions to refrain from scheduling a vaccine appointment to allow those with chronic, underlying health conditions to receive their vaccine first as they are more at risk.

CCHD added that it will send out a notification once Phase 1C officially opens.

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