COVID vaccines available throughout Pennyrile health district

This COVID-19 incidence rate map for Monday shows 112 of Kentucky’s 120 counties at the red level, the highest level of COVID incidence. Seven counties are orange, the second-highest level, and one is at yellow, the third-highest.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to those 70 and older beginning today (Wednesday), while supplies last.

Vaccines will be provided at the Caldwell County Health Department at 600 S. Jefferson St. and at county health departments under the purview of the Pennyrile District Health Department (PDHD), which includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties.

Lyon County vaccines will be provided at the Lee S. Jones Convention Center.

The schedule for vaccine administration throughout the district is:

• Caldwell County: Jan. 6-7 and Jan. 11-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch break from noon to 12:30 p.m.).

• Crittenden County: Jan. 6-7 and Jan. 11-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch break from noon to 12:30 p.m.).

• Livingston County: Jan. 6-7 and Jan. 11-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch break from noon to 12:30 p.m.).

• Lyon County: Jan. 6-7 and Jan. 11-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch break from noon to 12:30 p.m.).

• Trigg County: Jan. 7 and Jan. 11-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch break from noon to 12:30 p.m.).

“These plans are subject to staffing and vaccine supplies,” said PDHD Executive Director Elisha A. Kite via email. “We are still considering other options for the Lyon health department depending on how we can control traffic.”

Kite advises that there are likely to be long lines at each site and that those going to get vaccines should be prepared for a long wait.

This provision of COVID-19 vaccines is part of Phase 1B of Kentucky’s vaccine update, which includes providing vaccines to first responders, those 70 and older and school personnel at primary and secondary schools.

Phase 1C entails providing vaccines to 60 and older, anyone 16 and older with the CDC’s highest risk C19 risk conditions and all essential workers.

Phase 2 will have vaccines provided to anyone 40 and older, Phase 3 has vaccines going to those 16 and older, and Phase 4 has vaccines going to children under 16 if the vaccine is approved for that age group.

• Caldwell County reported 214 cases of COVID-19 for the month of December — including 121 women and 93 men — averaging 6.9 cases per day.

For the week following Christmas, 29 cases were reported — 21 men and eight women. — averaging 4.8 cases per day. From Dec. 10 through Monday, there have been 16 days with five or fewer cases reported and 22 days with less than 10.

Caldwell County reported four new cases on New Year’s Day, two on Saturday, two on Sunday and four on Monday.

With seven cases reported on Dec. 29, 10 on Dec. 30 and nine on Dec. 31, Caldwell County’s COVID-19 incidence rate is back at the red or critical level.

A county’s incidence rate is the number of new cases reported per 100,000 people over the previous seven days. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services provides a color-coded map of each Kentucky county. A county at the red or critical level indicates a rate of 25 or more cases per 100,000 people, while a county in the orange or accelerated level shows a rate of 10 to 25 cases. A county at the yellow or community spread level shows a rate of 1 to 10 cases per 100,000 people, while a county at the green level indicates a rate of less than 1 case per 100,000 people.

Caldwell County was at the red level from Oct. 28 through Dec. 24, but dropped down to the orange level on Christmas Day.

The county’s incidence rate got as low as 12.3 on Dec. 30, but began to rise again, pushing into the red level again on Jan. 3. Monday’s incidence rate was 40.3, the highest it’s been since Dec. 20.