COVID-19 numbers in Webster County and the state of Kentucky continued to climb heading into Monday’s Labor Day holiday, with the Green River District Health Department reporting 42 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday. Tuesday’s GRDHD press conference, usually held in the morning, was not held until after press time.

Those 42 cases reported on Friday increase the county’s total number of confirmed cases since last March to 1,968. That means roughly 15% of all Webster County residents have now had COVID-19.

In all there have been 28 deaths from the virus, accounting for 1.4% of the 1,968 residents who have tested positive. That’s slightly higher than the statewide average where 13% of all residents have tested positive and 1.3% of all positive cases have resulted in death.

“We are seeing the highest incidence rates of COVID-19 we have ever seen” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “The best way to protect yourself and those you love is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective. Wearing a mask when in public or around people you don’t live with is an effective way to reduce spread. If you are not yet vaccinated, go get vaccinated today. If you have to be in indoor public spaces, wear a mask. If you are around many people right now, you should assume you are being exposed to the virus and do everything you can to protect yourself.”

As of Friday, 39.46% of Webster County residents had been vaccinated.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069