The COVID-19 death toll in Trimble County has climbed by one since the Kentucky Department of Public Health’s previously reporting.
Trimble, one of the smallest counties in Kentucky with 8,477 residents, has now recorded 19 deaths during the pandemic out of 1,295 total positive cases.
The death was actually the second this week for Trimble County while death totals in other local counties remained the same with 102 in Jefferson County Indiana, 29 in Carroll County Kentucky and 12 in Switzerland County Indiana.
Both Trimble and Carroll remain in the “Red” metric for incidence rates indicating high virus spread. Over the last two days, Trimble has had nine new COVID-19 cases while Carroll has recorded 14 to push its total to 1,997. Trimble’s positivity rate is 10.84% while Carroll’s is 5.71%.
Meanwhile, Jefferson County remains in the “Orange” metric for moderate to high spread while Switzerland County is “Yellow” for moderate spread. Jefferson County has reported 46 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last two days, bringing its total to 5,516 with a positivity rate of 13%. Switzerland County had 15 new cases in the last two days, increasing its total to 1,421 and a 6.3% positivity rate.
In Indiana, there have now been 16,673 Hoosiers died from COVID-19 during the pandemic including 26 in the last day. The total of positive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 1,069,450 with 3,767 new cases in the last day. Indiana has vaccinated 52.5% of its eligible residents with Jefferson County’s vacinnation percentage now at 50.567% and Switzerland County’s at 33.947%
On Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to get a booster shot to help ward off another surge of coronavirus cases. As of Thursday, Indiana has had 654,900 state residents receive the booster dose of the vaccine. As of Wednesday, some 446,698 Kentuckians have had a booster shot.
“We have more tools approaching Thanksgiving than ever before, and more people eligible,” Beshear said. “Make sure that when you sit down at that Thanksgiving table with the people you love, you have the highest level of immunity to protect them.”
Kentucky recently joined other states in opening up booster shots to all adults despite federal recommendations that states limit doses to those considered most at risk.
Beshear signed an executive order Wednesday that made adults living and working in Kentucky eligible for a booster shot six months after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, or two months after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Beshear’s announcement comes as Kentucky experiences a slight uptick in cases after weeks of decline: the number of total cases last week was higher than the previous two weeks. The state’s test positivity rate has also risen to 6.18% from 5.51% last Thursday, furthering concerns about the waning immunity of COVID-19 vaccines.
“Waning immunity is real. We are seeing more people who’ve been vaccinated in the hospital, especially six months after their second shot,” Beshear said.
Hospitals in Kentucky continue to be stressed by the plateau of new cases. For instance, eight of ten of the state’s hospital regions have Intensive Care Unit capacity at or above 87%, with only 140 beds available statewide.
Kentucky reported 1,855 new coronavirus cases and 40 virus-related deaths Thursday. Roughly 27% of new cases were of new cases were school-age children. Kentucky’s overall total of positive cases during the pandemic is now at 768,656 while the state’s overall death total is now 10,394.