The latest COVID-19 data from the Kentucky Department for Public Health shows Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Webster, and Hancock counties now in the "Red Zone," and the Hopkins County Health Department says more children in the community are testing positive for the virus.
HCHD said Thursday that a new COVID-19 outbreak had been linked to a sports camp trip that took place this week, with seven positive cases being identified so far on one team.
This comes as the second outbreak reported by the health department within a week after new cases were reported among infants and youth in the community last Thursday.
The county's number of new positive cases started spiking after the 4th of July holiday, and health officials in the county say that as more gatherings continue to take place, the virus will continue to spread.
"At this time, although there are no restrictions in place on community events, any large community event will lead to more outbreaks," the health department said Thursday. "The larger the event, the more the likely the spread of COVID-19."
With the Delta variant becoming the most dominant strain in most areas and evidence suggesting the variant to be more transmissible than other strains of the virus, the health department is urging the community to get vaccinated.
HCHD currently offers the Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines free of charge, and anyone as young as 12 can receive Pfizer's vaccine. You can call the health department for a vaccination appointment at 270-821-5242.