Across the state, COVID-19 cases are continuing in a positive trend with its sixth straight week of declining positive cases and Christian County is following suit.
In the county, active cases have declined significantly from 284 as of Friday, Feb. 19 to 180 as of Monday. However, 31 new positive cases were confirmed over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases the county has seen to 6,069.
Those numbers also move the number of total recovered cases to 5,810 on Monday, which is up from 5,667 as of Friday. In other words, 143 cases recovered from the coronavirus over the weekend.
No new COVID-related deaths were reported over the weekend, keeping the total deceased in the county at 79.
Of the 180 currently active cases, 43 cases are between ages 0-21, 107 are ages 22-59, 27 are ages 60-84 and only three cases are those 85 or older.
As previously mentioned, COVID-19 numbers are similar across the state.
Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday during his COVID update livestream that Kentucky has gone six consecutive weeks with declining numbers of cases per week. However, he said the recent winter weather may have played a role in those declining numbers.
Despite that, Beshear added that just two weeks ago, the state had never reached four straight weeks of declining numbers and the state is now at six.
“Provided this trend continues, we think we’re going to be able to provide some additional opportunity and some additional relief in the rules and the regulations that we have in place,” Beshear said during his livestream.
“We do need to see what’s going on this week, in terms of testing. We need to get more people back to regularly getting tested. The weather really impacted the numbers last week and it impacted a lot.”
As of Monday, Beshear shared that the state currently has 530 active COVID cases. He stated that is the lowest number of active cases in a day since Oct. 5. Those new cases bring the total number of cases the state has seen to 397,526.
Last week also showed a small decline in COVID test positivity with 6.6%, according to Beshear.
“We were just about even — in fact, we just barely declined last week versus the week before,” Beshear said.
“Again, this is moving in the right direction. We would like to see it decrease a little more, but being in the sixes after we hit 12% at the worst point is, again, really positive movement.”
Beshear also shared that there were fewer COVID-related deaths reported Monday than the state has had in “a number of days,” with 13. All but one of the 13 individuals were older than 60 years old; the youngest was 56.
Beshear continued to acknowledge that testing was down last week, mostly impacted by the weather.
“But, the fact our positivity rate even after last week is still down, is a real positive sign,” Beshear said. “We would’ve expected to see some more changes in that if the only thing going on was testing, but we will be watching it throughout this week.”
The governor continued to share that because of the weather, the number of Kentuckians that received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine declined by more than half.
Beshear announced that 31,391 people were able to receive their first dose last week, which has moved the total number of people that have received their first dose since the vaccines rolled out to 583,754.
In the previous week, Feb. 9 — 15, 70,627 Kentuckians were able to receive their first dose.
Beshear also shared the news that on top of the weekly vaccine allocation the state receives, Kentucky will also be receiving an additional 65,000-66,000 first doses this week. He added that the state will possibly have around 150,000 first doses as of this week.
“Meaning, we got a whole lot of vaccines — more than we’ve ever had, more than we’ve even had in week two — that is coming this week,” Beshear said. “We are working with all of our providers out there to ensure that they are ready.”
Beshear reiterated that the state will officially move into Phase 1C starting Mar. 1, with an emphasis on those who are ages 60 or older with underlying health conditions.
According to the Christian County Health Department, underlying conditions include:
- 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)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
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.