The Christian County Health Department announced four more new COVID-19 related deaths this week.

The most recent deaths were a 71-year-old caucasian male who was fully vaccinated with underlying health conditions, a 84-year-old African American male, unvaccinated, with underlying health conditions, a 85-year-old Caucasian female, unvaccinated, with underlying health conditions and a 71-year-old Caucasian male, unvaccinated, with no known underlying health conditions, according to CCHD.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family we have lost,” the CCHD said in its weekly press release. “We strongly encourage individuals in the community to please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccine.”

Those four additional COVID-related deaths move the total death count to 129, from 125 last week.

The number of new COVID-19 cases contracted this week has continued to decrease since last week and the week before.

According to the health department, the total cases for the county have moved to 10,352 as of Friday. The county has seen an increase of cases by 142 since last week, on Oct. 1. The previous week saw an increase of 231 between Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, revealing a steady drop in new cases over the last two weeks.

Of the 10,352 total cases, 272 of them are currently active cases, down from 344 since last week. Meanwhile, 9,946 cases have recovered from the virus.

Within the currently active cases, 68 are people aged zero to 21, 165 are between 22 and 59 and 38 are 60 to 84. There is only one active case for ages 85 and older as of this week.

Of the 142 new cases this week, 13, or 9%, are considered breakthrough cases. Breakthrough cases mean that individuals who have been vaccinated have tested positive for the coronavirus. Last week breakthrough cases consisted of 11% of active cases.

The demographic breakdown of the new cases contracted this week is as follows: 33, or 23%, are pediatric cases, while 77 (54%) of the new cases are caucasians, 39 (27%) are Black, 7 (5%) are other and 19 (13%) are unknown.

CCHD also provided updated statistics on the amount of COVID vaccinations that have been administered in the county as the department did provide an update last week.

The total number of individuals who have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine has increased this week to 14,758, up from 14,676 two weeks ago. As for the second doses of the Moderna vaccine, this week is now at 13,548, while two weeks ago it was at 13,407. The total number of the third dose is now up to 104. As of two weeks ago the number was at 71.

As for the total number of Pfizer first doses, this week was at 223, while last week was 154. This week’s number of second doses of the Pfizer vaccine increased to a total of 148, while two weeks ago the department first began administering the second doses for a total of 63. The health department also gave out 10 third doses of the Pfizer vaccine, two weeks ago CCHD administered only a single third dose.

The total number of Johnson & Johnson vaccines is now at 914, up from 904 two weeks ago.

The health department will continue hosting drive thru testing at the health department Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Following approval by the Hopkinsville City Council, CCHD, in partnership with Jennie Stuart Health and Pennyrile Area Development District, is currently offering $100 to the first 1,000 Hopkinsville residents who start and finish the COVID-19 vaccine series of their choice between Monday, Sept. 13 and Oct. 31.

That offer is part of an incentive program in order to increase the amount of local individuals vaccinated and to bring Christian County out of the bottom of state vaccination rates.

The incentive is available to those who provide ID or proof of a Hopkinsville residence at the time of their first dose.

CCHD adds that payment will not be made at the initial visit, but only after receipt of the second dose or at a later date if receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

As previously reported by the New Era, CCHD believes the majority of the new cases are due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

CCHD recommends that everyone follow the COVID safety precautions that were implemented previously when the county was in red.

Those include frequent hand washing, avoiding large social gatherings, especially among people who have not been vaccinated and wearing a mask for additional protection, especially indoors.

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