The Jefferson County Health Department is reporting that 1,346 county residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and another 266 have now been fully vaccinated with both doses of the inoculation.

The Health Department, which was closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Day, will resume giving vaccinations by appointment today. Those eligible are first responders, medical workers, nursing home patients and residents age 70 and over.

In addition, King’s Daughters’ Health has been approved to begin giving vaccinations the first week of February as the state ramps up the delivery of the vaccine with more and more doses available per week.

Appointments to get the vaccine at the Health Department are available by visiting www.ourshot.in.gov or calling 2-1-1 to schedule appointments. Appoints to get the shots at KDH will begin February.

Meanwhile, healthcare professionals are urging residents to continue to mask up, social distance and hand wash and sanitize to curb the spread of the virus.

So far that practice seems to be helping. Jefferson County’s number of new cases dropped to 24 on Monday, giving the county 2,531 overall. There have been 38 total deaths but none in recent days.

The county’s 7-day positivity rating has dropped from up to 15.8 on Jan. 6 to 10.1 on Jan. 18 and the seven-day positivity among unique individuals fell from 19.8 on Saturday to 15.5 on Monday.

Elsewhere, Carroll County in Kentucky has seen a spike in its numbers after an outbreak was reported last week at the Carroll County Regional Detention Center in Carrollton. There are currently 162 active cases in Carroll and 12 deaths.

Trimble County currently has 35 active cases, 464 cases overall and five deaths.