The Christian County Health Department Wednesday held its biweekly COVID-19 media update. Amanda Sweeney, CCHD instructional design and marketing specialist, reiterated that Christian County is in the “red zone” for the virus.
“Our current local incidence rate … right now is at 29,” Sweeney said.
The weekly incidence rate is the amount of new cases per 100,000 people each day over a seven-day period. Christian County has around 70,000 people.
“That means we’re increasing on an average of 29 cases a day,” Sweeney said. “So that is not good.”
The county added Wednesday 20 new cases as of 2:15 p.m. The county has 255 active cases.
Sweeney said October is on track to surpass September for the largest increase in cases.
“October, so far, we’ve seen 283 cases and last month we had our highest case count for the month at 467,” she said.
She added that the county could go over 500 cases this month.
According to the White House’s COVID-19 reporting, Kentucky has the 12th highest number of new cases. Christian County has brought a lot of those cases.
“We’re actually the second worse county in the state,” Sweeney said. “And that’s based on the number of new cases according to population.”
Warren County ranks first.
Although cases are still going up throughout the county, Christian County Public Schools officials are hopeful that their preventative measures are working.
CCPS Assistant Superintendent Josh Hunt, said the district has been monitoring cases closely as students returned Monday from fall break.
According to the CCPS COVID-19 dashboard, the district as three in-person students who have tested positive for the virus. The district also has seven faculty or staff members with the virus.
The Virtual Learning Academy has two students with the virus. But, those students do not have contact with in-person students.
“I know the incidence rate is a little high in the county itself,” Hunt said. “But we’ve yet to see any ill effects from that.”
In the past, a large number of local cases were in long-term health facilities. Sweeney said that the health department has seen an uptick in cases from households.
She reiterated the need to properly wear a mask and social distance. She also said the health department wants to remind locals to be kind to each other.
“We’ve got a lot of thoughts and opinions these days, but we do need each other,” she said. “And we need to work through all this together.”
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