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'Alarming' Number of New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Western Kentucky

240 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in western Kentucky on Friday, an increase referred to as an 'alarming rise' by the Green River District Health Department.

Posted: Jul 23, 2021 11:27 AM
Updated: Jul 23, 2021 12:47 PM

The Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) says it's seeing an "alarming rise" in the rate of COVID-19 spread in its western Kentucky area.

GRDHD said Friday that 240 new positive cases of the virus had been identified within its seven-county area between July 20 and July 22.

"We are seeing an alarming rise in our incidence of new COVID-19 cases,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “We are on track to see a doubling in the number of new cases for the second week in a row."

Here are the new positive COVID-19 cases reported by GRDHD on Friday:

  • Daviess County: 110 new cases
  • Hancock County: 9 new cases
  • Henderson County: 53 new cases
  • McLean County: 3 new cases
  • Ohio County: 30 new cases
  • Union County: 10 new cases
  • Webster County: 25 new cases

GRDHD says that now, 23,328 total positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the seven-county area to date. 

According to Horton, 91% of the newest COVID-19 cases reported in the GRDHD district have been identified in unvaccinated individuals.

The health department also says that no county in its seven-county area has more than 45% of its residents vaccinated.

"If you are not yet fully vaccinated, at higher-risk, or work in a high traffic public job like retail or dining, continue to wear a mask when in indoor public spaces," Public Health Director Horton said. "If you are not vaccinated against covid-19 yet, get vaccinated immediately!”

For a list of COVID-19 vaccination sites in Kentucky, click here.

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