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5 counties in Kentucky listed as critical on COVID-19 map, including 3 in Tri-State

Muhlenberg, Webster Counties join Hopkins in red zone
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 2:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2021 at 9:14 PM CDT
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HOPKINS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Hopkins County currently has the second highest rate of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Hopkins County Health Department.

Health officials say the risk factors leading to this spike were Fourth of July activities, youth camps, as well as gatherings with unvaccinated friends and family.

It falls behind Muhlenberg County. Webster County, which neighbors Hopkins, is also listed as a red zone on the COVID-19 metrics map.

In a social media post, the health department wrote that younger people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, including some who have been put on ventilators.

According to the health department, three infants have tested positive for the virus in the last three days, while six children under two years old have tested positive over the past week.

Health officials say the concern is about their immature immune systems.

Also if more people don’t get vaccinated, the Delta variant has a higher probability of local spread and mutation. Health officials stress they don’t want to lose ground.

“We feel like we are,” Hopkins County Health Department Director Denise Beach said. “We are second in the state right now and we are barely behind the number one. An adjacent county has just told me they will probably be going into the red (on Friday) so we know we’ve got a problem in this area. We need people to take it seriously, start working on it and get vaccinated.”

People with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, current or previous cancer and respiratory conditions have the highest risk for bad outcomes, according to health leaders.

While still listed as a red or orange zone, health officials say school and sports will be greatly affected if the county decides to return to in-person learning.

They strongly urge residents and children ages 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Muhlenberg County health leaders say there have been 35 new cases reported in the last week. Officials say 24 of them were not vaccinated.

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