The Christian County Health Department announced Friday that its vaccine clinic would begin allowing COVID-19 vaccination appointments to be scheduled beginning on Mar. 1 for Phase 1C.

The health department wanted to emphasize that appointments will only begin to be scheduled for Phase 1C, however, vaccinations for Phase 1C would take place later than Mar. 1.

As CCHD begins vaccinating Phase 1C, the department will be focusing primarily on those who are 60 years old or older with underlying health conditions.

The health department asks 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.

Underlying 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

Phase 1C consists of those aged 60 and older, essential workers and residents aged 16 and older who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

The health department also reiterated that it is currently working to finish administering vaccines to those in Phase 1B and those who are currently eligible should contact CCHD to schedule an appointment.

CCHD added that per state guidance, occupation childcare workers have recently been added into Phase 1B.

If you fall into the Phase 1B category, you can contact CCHD at 270-887-4160 ext. 640 or go to https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=21662423&appointmentType=20060026.

CCHD also released Christian County’s updated COVID numbers Friday.

As of Friday afternoon, the total number of active cases sit at 284, which equates to a 26 case increase since Feb. 16.

Total cases the county has seen has increased to 6,031.

Of the 284 active cases, 72 cases are those aged between 0 and 21, 161 are ages 22-59, 45 are ages 60-84 and only six cases are ages 85 or older.

Total recovered cases have increased to 5,668. The total number of COVID-related deaths still sit at 79.

Compared to last Friday, Feb. 12, total COVID cases in the county has seen a slight increase from 5,970 total cases in the county to 6,031 this Friday.

However, over the last week the county has seen a single death, leading to a significant drop in active cases compared to last week. As of last Friday Feb. 12, total active cases were at 456 while active cases as of this Friday sit at 284.

That number increases the total recovered cases from 5,436 as of Feb. 12 to 5,668 as of this Friday.

Moving forward CCHD continues to ask the public to wear protective masks, wash your hands, social distance and consider receiving a vaccine once you are eligible.

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