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Hopkins Co. health officials warn of Delta variant

Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 1:37 PM CDT
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HOPKINS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The Hopkins County Health Department says coronavirus case numbers are up after the Independence Day holiday, and the county could soon be back in the red for case numbers.

They also warn the Delta variant is showing to be confirmed in two adjacent counties, so they say it will be in Hopkins County soon - if it isn’t already.

Records show those counties are Christian and Caldwell.

Officials say the Delta variant is considered more contagious, so it will likely spread rapidly among people who are not vaccinated. That’s why they are encouraging more people to get their shot.

“There’s a lot of evidence if you have the vaccines, this Delta variant of COVID-19 doesn’t cause nearly any of the symptoms or could even be without symptoms in patients with infections,” said Deaconess Henderson’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dennis Beck.

Beck is continuing the push for vaccines as the Delta variant continues to pop up near the Tri-State.

“I think it’s definitely a concern, and the delay in finding it is really getting the proper gene sequencing done and getting proper identification at the state level,” Beck said.

All positive COVID tests are sent to the state, and those with certain properties are tested for the variant.

The long process means there could be more of this variant we don’t know about yet.

“Maintain the same social distancing hygiene rules we’ve all learned over the last couple years,” said Beck. “Be smart, if you’re not feeling well, seek medical care.”

Beck says not to hesitate to seek all medical care. You don’t just have to go when there’s an emergency.

“One of the things I get worried about too is people avoiding routine medical care. Don’t ignore signs and symptoms, come to the hospital talk to your doctors, and continue to take care of yourselves.”>

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