The Jefferson County Jail Division will restrict access to the public for the next two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 after at least one inmate tested positive for the virus last week.
Asked Monday whether the jail currently has any inmates who had tested positive for the virus, Chief Deputy Joshua Taylor said “a couple had tested positive” last week.
According to Sheriff Dave Thomas, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division has medical staff working seven days a week to prevent the spread of COVID. “The health and well-being of all inmates is a high priority for the Sheriff’s office and we are doing the absolute best we can to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID,” Thomas said.
The sheriff said he looking at lifting restrictions on Monday, April 26 — the normal two-week quarantine in such cases — but that depends on the situation at that time and an update will be provided before or after that.
Meanwhile, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that as soon as 2.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, he will lift capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements for nearly all venues, events and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons. Beshear said he would also end the curfew for bars and restaurants once the goal is met.
Beshear said just over 900,000 more Kentuckians need to complete their vaccinations in order for the state to meet the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge goal.
A total of 1,617,017 have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so far in Kentucky and 1,060,594 have been fully vaccinated.
Indiana has now injected 3,403,950 total doses of the vaccine including 1,993,880 first doses and 1,410,070 individuals who are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
A total of 18,285 have been vaccinated in Jefferson County with 7,651 residents fully vaccinated and 10,634 Jefferson County residents that have received at least the first of two doses of the COVID vaccine. Switzerland County has vaccinated 3,426 people including 1,428 that have been fully vaccinated and 1,998 that have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series.
As of Monday, Jefferson County had two new cases from the previous day for an overall total of 3,071 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Jefferson County’s seven-day positivity percentage is currently 5.5% and the unique positivity rating is 14%. Jefferson County has reported no new deaths due to the virus pandemic but has 79 total deaths to date.
Switzerland County has no new cases of COVID-19 with a total of 769 positive cases. The total COVID-19 deaths remains at eight. The seven-day positivity in Switzerland County is 2% and the seven-day unique positivity rating is 4.2%.
The Indiana Department of Health announced Monday that 908 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 699,823 the number of Indiana residents now known to have contracted the novel coronavirus. To date, 12,746 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of three from the previous day.
In Kentucky, 366 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on April 11, according to the Kentucky Department of Health. There have been 433,085 positive cases overall and 6,250 deaths including eight new deaths, and nine additional from new audit deaths.
Trimble County has reported 686 cases of COVID-19 with overall seven deaths during the pandemic. Carroll County has reported 979 cases of COVID-19 with 19 deaths.
Jefferson County Health Department is providing vaccines in its building at 715 Green Road, Madison. Switzerland County Health Department is operating a vaccine clinic at the Switzerland County Technology and Education Center, 708 West Seminary Street, Vevay. Hoosiers age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance.
In Kentucky, state guidelines now allow COVID-19 vaccination of everyone ages 16 or older. To see all vaccination sites in the commonwealth and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).