A special Facebook live meeting was held today as political and medical leaders in Owensboro spoke about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in their community.
For the last three weeks, covid cases have continued to double week after week, and this exponential growth is cause for concern for leaders in Owensboro.
“We have not seen this before since covid started," said Dr. DuFrayne of Owensboro Health. "We’ve had it doubling every week, and that is very concerning, so we have no idea where we’re going to be in 2-3 weeks from now.”
COVID-19 numbers grew exponentially each week in Daviess County. From 28 COVID-19 positive cases in the first week of July to now 209 cases in the last full week of reporting, and this growth in cases coming as leaders say people are getting more and more relaxed with their precautions.
“Relaxation of masking, washing your hands, and avoiding indoor crowds, and social distancing," said Al Mattingly, Daviess County Judge Executive. "People kind of relaxed their standards.”
On top of the relaxation of precautions, Daviess County continues to be a low vaccination turnout. Only 44% of the county has gotten vaccinated
That low number contributing to the growing COVID-19 positives and the growing COVID-19 hospitalizations.
“87.5% of our patients admitted here now for covid are unvaccinated," said Dr. DuFrayne. "Your chances of being transferred to the ICU and of dying of this are all related to your vaccination rate, so we’ve had no one here since mid-April who had died who has been vaccinated. They’ve all been unvaccinated.”
In just a day and half of testing this week, the county has already reported 108 new positive cases and is well on its way to breaking last weeks number of cases, and with these growing COVID-19 numbers, questions are being asked about upcoming Owensboro events.
“We’re coming up on an air show, a boat show, and a Labor Day firework show, and the bluegrass Romp Festival in September," said Mattingly. "What are we going to do? If this thing continues to surge, what do you do?”
For those interested in getting vaccinated, vaccines.gov is a website you can use to find exactly where you can get the nearest and quickest appointment.