Webster Co. moves to ‘red’ on state’s incident rate map
WEBSTER CO., Ky. (WFIE) - A western Kentucky community is combating the critical category once again.
Across the commonwealth, only Webster County remains in the red on the COVID-19 metrics map.
This development comes just days before the Gov. Andy Beshear cleared senior centers to reopen.
It was back in March 2020 when the Governor recommended these temporary closures.
Over the last 15 months, 195 senior centers have been closed, and some are choosing to stay this way a little bit longer.
Two years ago this month, 14 News was at the Webster County Senior Center ribbon-cutting ceremony in Dixon.
Nine months later, Gov. Beshear expressed a concern for the elderly and recommending they close for the time being. He now feels they are safe to reopen on Friday, June 11, following current recommendations by the Centers for Disease and Prevention.
Webster County has decided to wait.
“To see everybody’s smiling face,” Webster County Senior Center Director Mandy Fambrough recalled. “They’ve been in their homes for several months. It is well over a year. It’s due time for us to get back into opening back up and seeing everybody.”
14 News reached out to Clay Horton with the Green River District Health Department on Wednesday.
Here is his full statement:
“The current incidence rate as of yesterday was a 7 day average of 30.9 new cases per 100,000 population which corresponds with the 28 new cases that have been reported the past 7 days.
The incidence rate has been high but relatively level for about a month in Webster County. Being in the “red or critical category” is an indication that there is a high level of spread in the community and should prompt people to be more aware and cautious about close interactions with other people outside their households.
Over the past month, there have been some cases associated with the jail,” explained Public Health Director Horton. “But as I have said before that is more of a reflection of what is happening in the community and not what is causing the high incidence rate. Anytime you have a high level of spread in a community the likelihood of seeing an outbreak in a high risk setting like a jail increases.
Vaccines are widely available and easy to access in the community. If you have not done so yet, you should get vaccinated. Until you are fully vaccinated you should continue to wear a mask when in public, socially distance from others outside your household, and wash your hands frequently.
Until vaccination rates rise, I believe we will see periodic spikes in the incidence rate in local communities from time to time.
Webster County won’t be the only Tri-State senior facility taking more time to reopen.
The Senior Community Center of Owensboro-Daviess County says it has been working towards a July 1 opening date, and that is still the target.
The Muhlenberg County Health Department reported one new COVID-19 case on Wednesday.
This brings the countywide number to 3,033 total cases. Out of these reported cases, 2,935 residents have fully recovered.
Muhlenberg County now has 32 active cases.
You can view Kentucky’s coronavirus information here.
Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:
- Daviess Co. - 10,673 cases, 188 deaths, 40.88% vaccinated
- Muhlenberg Co. - 3,033 cases, 66 deaths
- Hopkins Co. - 4,449 cases, 148 deaths
- Ohio Co. - 2,545 cases, 56 deaths, 29.09% vaccinated
- Henderson Co. - 4,803 cases, 82 deaths, 31.72% vaccinated
- Webster Co. - 1,336 cases, 21 deaths, 29.83% vaccinated
- McLean Co. - 884 cases, 28 deaths, 35.41% vaccinated
- Union Co. - 1,371 cases, 15 deaths, 25.71% vaccinated
- Hancock Co. - 860 cases, 16 deaths, 42.25% vaccinated
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