A post-holiday spike in COVID-19 infections resulted in a record number of new cases last week in Kentucky including an outbreak among inmates at the Carroll County Regional Detention Center in Carrollton.
Carroll County Jailer John Proctor issued a statement on the detention center outbreak on the jail’s Facebook page Friday night, noting that so far the infection involves only a few of the jail’s current 169 inmates, symptoms are mild and the staff is working with the local Three Rivers District Health Department to contain the outbreak.
“Unfortunately, the Carroll County Detention Center has had an outbreak with the COVID-19 virus. The Three Rivers Health Department is involved and are guiding us through the monitoring of all inmates in the facility,” Proctor wrote in his statement. “There has been only minor symptoms with only a small portion of the rather large number of inmates testing positive with most showing NO symptoms at all but we will closely monitor all inmates until we get through this.”
Proctor went on to add that as of Friday night “all inmates have been tested with the results of today’s test to arrive within a couple of days. I went to all cells today personally checking temps on each inmate and assuring them that the health department, myself, and the staff are there to get them through this. Just know if your loved ones are in there they are getting the medical care they need. As you pray please include the inmates and my staff in your prayers.”
Kentucky saw a spike in COVID numbers statewide last week with all but one of the state’s 120 counties — remotely isolated Hickman County, the least densely populated county in the state, along the Mississippi River in far western Kentucky — now in the “red” critical zone in terms of community infection.
Carroll County reported a single day record of 60 news cases on Friday — due in part to the detention center infection — to now have 676 cases and seven deaths throughout the pandemic. Neighboring Trimble County has reported 435 cases and five deaths and is now accepting appointments for residents age 70 and over to get the COVID-9 vaccine.
Kentucky reported a one-day record of 5,742 new cases last Wednesday — including 34 new deaths statewide— and a second highest 4,911 new cases Thursday with another 37 deaths.
The Commonwealth followed up with 4,750 new cases and 13 more deaths on Friday to top out at more than 15,000 new cases in just three days as the state’s overall case load climbed to 303,625 since the pandemic began in March 2020 with 39,006 residents recovered and 2,901 total deaths.
“We are now seeing a real and significant increase in cases and positivity rate from people’s gatherings over the holidays,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during a briefing in which he urged the public to follow health guidelines.
Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, said a third virus surge was halted before the holidays, but over Thanksgiving and Christmas, “people socialized and they spread disease in ways that are now resulting in an increase in our positivity rate.”
Beshear said vaccinations in the state have accelerated, with more than 47,000 doses administered over three days with a total of 107,799 doses administered through Friday.
Meanwhile in Indiana, 5,127 new cases and 18 new deaths were reported Saturday to up the state’s overall infection numbers to 563,653 positive cases and 8,613 deaths.
It was reported that Jefferson County had 21 new cases and no new deaths with 2,362 infections overall and 38 deaths. Switzerland County had nine new cases and no new deaths with 574 cases overall and five deaths. Both counties are listed in the “red” critical zone in terms of community infection rate.