COVID-19 cases across the county and the state continue to rise, with the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reporting 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county since the pandemic began to 1,823.

GRDHD reported a total of 466 new confirmed cases of the virus within its seven county region for a total of 27,764 since last March. From those there have been 436 total deaths.

“We are seeing an alarming rise in our incidence of new COVID-19 cases” 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. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, at higherrisk, or work in a high traffic public job like retail or dining, continue to wear a mask when in indoor public spaces. If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, get vaccinated immediately!”

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

The health department urges residents to continue taking all precautions until they are fully vaccinated.

According to guidance, vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business, and workplace guidance. Fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.

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

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