The Christian County Health Department said Wednesday at a bi-weekly news conference that September could bring the highest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. The recent Labor Day holiday could be a reason for the spike.

“It’s taken us just six days to go from 1,000 cases to 1,100 cases,” Amanda Sweeney, CCHD instructional design and marketing specialist, said. “And if you recall it took us just around six or seven days to increase by 100 cases following the Fourth of July weekend.”

The county saw an increase of 330 cases in August, the largest month for cases. Around half way through September, the county is already at 220 cases.

“Judging from the current numbers, it is very possible that we will exceed August numbers,” Sweeney said.

The health department reported 14 new cases Wednesday. There are currently 155 active cases in the county.

Over the last seven days, the health department has seen an 8.8% positivity rate. The month of September has brought a 7.9% positivity rate.

That data only includes testing that the health department has conducted. It does not count Jennie Stuart Health or First Care Medical Center.

Jennie Stuart currently has eight patients with active COVID-19 cases. One patient is on a ventilator.

Sweeney said there has been a drop people getting tested recently.

“I’m not sure if it’s because vacations are winding down and people are thinking it’s not as important or not as relative,” she said. “But we encourage you to continue to take advantage of the free testing site out at Tie Breaker Park.”

Drive-thru testing is administered from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., Monday through Friday at Tie Breaker Park.

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 776 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. Of the 776 cases, 91 children 18 years old or younger.

“We continue to see this trend, where more and more kids are testing positive. They are becoming a bigger percentage of our positivity rate for a couple of reasons,” Beshear said. “One, thankfully, kids are being tested more often, and two, they are out doing more.”

Beshear also reported eight new deaths. Two of those deaths were a 49-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man from Christian County. The local health department reported those deaths Tuesday.

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