Christian County Active COVID Case Total Lowest Since July

The number of active COVID-19 cases reported in Christian County was under 200 for the second straight day for the first time since August 10.

The Christian County Health Department reported 155 active cases Wednesday, with the seven-day rolling average of 212 the lowest since August 15.

There were 23 active cases among people 21 and under, the fewest since July 11. The number of active cases involving people 22-59 stands at 91, the fewest since August 8. The active case count involving people 60 and older is 41, which is the fewest since Sept. 1.

Beth McCraw with Jennie Stuart Health said there are eight patients hospitalized there with COVID-19. They have treated 99 of the county’s 1,109 cases since March.

According to the state’s COVID-19 website, there are 31 residents of long-term care facilities in Christian County and 11 staff members with an active case of COVID-19. There are also seven residents and two staff members of a substance abuse facility that appeared on the state report for the first time this week.

Health Department Director Kayla Bebout said the cases in those facilities are one of the reasons why Christian County is listed as a “red zone” county by the White House for having a high positivity rate.

click to download audioEarlier in the summer, the health department reported several COVID-19 clusters in the county without getting into the specifics of where they were or the type of facility they came from.

Bebout said several locations in the county covered under the state’s Healthy at Work guidelines have reached out to the health department for further guidance to stay in compliance with local and state regulations.

click to download audioBebout said the health department does not shut down large public events on their own before they occur.

click to download audioAmanda Sweeney with the health department said during Wednesday’s bi-weekly media conference that they have issued citations for non-compliance as needed although a number wasn’t given. The News Edge has filed an open records request with the health department seeking that information.

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