Christian County has now confirmed 103 cases of COVID-19 since March; however 13 cases are currently active, according to the health department.
CCHD Spokeswoman Amanda Sweeney said Tuesday that 87 of those 103 cases have recovered, and there have been three total deaths. Eighty-one of those cases were white, 21 were black and one was Asian.
Of the active cases, two are in the pediatric age range; 10 are young to middle-age adults; one is an older adult and zero cases are in the elderly age bracket.
Between Jennie Stuart Health and CCHD, a total of 2,789 COVID-19 tests have been administered to people in the region. Sweeney noted that number might be higher because some private physicians in the community are also offering testing for the virus.
“I will say a lot of these individuals that we are seeing getting tested are in the region, and we would like to see more of our locals getting tested,” Sweeney said. “If you live in Christian County and you haven’t been tested yet, we encourage you to utilize these testing sites we have.”
The health department continues to offer free testing from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Tie Breaker Park.
CCHD will also offer free testing from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Oak Grove Community Center. Tuesday was the first day the department set up a site in Oak Grove, Sweeney noted.
Jennie Stuart Health reported that zero COVID-19 patients are hospitalized at the local hospital, as of Tuesday, and no patients in the hospital are pending results for the virus.
“That’s the first time that we have been able to report both of those as zero, so we are very excited to be able to share that good news,” said Beth McCraw, vice president of nursing and clinical services.
As more sectors begin to reopen in the following weeks, CCHD Public Health Director Kayla Bebout urged people to wear masks when out in public.
“There are several asymptomatic people carrying the virus and may not know it,” she said, “so therefore if you do not have the signs and symptoms, by wearing a mask, you’re not exposing others.”
Bebout also noted that immunity to COVID-19 is still unclear, so even people who have already had the virus or tested negative should still wear a mask.
“When you wear a mask, you’re protecting yourself and you’re protecting others,” she said.
When the pandemic first started, concern for protecting older adults and the elderly was paramount, due to the deadly affects of COVID-19 on people with comorbidities and compromised immune systems. However, concern has heightened to children with the virus experiencing a new syndrome called PMIS.
According to Yale Medicine, pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome can affect infants, children and teens, causing severe inflammation as a result of the virus.
Although Christian County doesn’t have any confirmed cases of PMIS, the state has confirmed four children — ages 5, 10, 11 and 15 — with this syndrome.
According the governor’s news release, PMIS is a rare illness being seen in some children who have been infected with COVID-19. About a month after a coronavirus infection, children and teenagers with PMIS develop fever accompanied by abdominal pain and, often, swollen hands, feet and lymph nodes.
Bebout said guidance is coming from Gov. Andy Beshear on how youth sports and child care centers can prepare to restart June 15.
“The governor is encouraging that kids get tested as well,” she said. “We have seen several, even infants, getting tested as well.”
Bebout said if any local child care centers need additional help with their plan to reopen the health department can assist.
For more information, call the health department at 270-887-4160.
Additionally, Todd County announced its 18th COVID-19 case Wednesday.
According to the release, the patient is a healthy adult who tested positive for the virus but is not displaying symptoms. The person has been instructed to self isolate.
Overally, the county has five active cases and 13 recoveries.
Public Health Director Jen Harris said, “As we enter into the summer months, it is very possible for this virus to hang around. Just because things are re-opening, does not mean you must get out in public. You are in control of where you go and your own health. If you do not feel comfortable going in public, then you should stay home.”