COVID-19 reports from the five counties overseen by the Pennyrile District Health Department were unavailable for Wednesday through Friday because of hazardous road conditions.
The health departments in Caldwell, Crittenden. Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties were closed on those days because of slick roads brought on by the icy weather that blew through the area Wednesday and Thursday.
On Tuesday, Caldwell County reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 after reporting no cases on Saturday and Sunday and just three cases on Monday. That brings the county’s total number of cases to 1,093.
Ten of those 24 cases are 60 and older, while two of them are school age (5 to 18). The other four counties in the district combined for 28 cases on Tuesday.
The Pennyrile District Health Department reported on its Facebook page that vaccination clinics in Caldwell and Trigg counties have been rescheduled for this Wednesday. These vaccines are second doses for those 70 and older, first responders and K-12 school personnel.
People 70 and older still needing a second dose should call their county’s health department to be added to a vaccination list. Those numbers are: Caldwell County 270-365-6571, Crittenden County 270-965-5215, Livingston County 270-928-2193, Lyon County 270-388-9763 and Trigg County 270-522-8121.
Caldwell County’s COVID incidence rate has been climbing at the end of this week. On Tuesday, the county’s incidence rate was 50.4, moving up to 63.9 on Wednesday and 67.2 on Thursday.
A COVID-19 incidence rate is the number of new cases over the last seven days per 100,000 people. The Kentucky Department of Public Health garners that information from each county and provides it to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which provides a color-coded map indicating the level of incidence in each county.
The highest level, red or critical, indicates 25 or more cases over the last seven days per 100,000 people, while the next-highest, orange or accelerated, shows 10 to 25 cases. The third-highest level, yellow or community spread, indicates 1 to 10 cases, while the lowest level, green or on track, shows less than 1 case.