The Graves County Health Department reported 19 new COVID-19 cases from May 31 through June 7. These cases set the total number of cases recorded in Graves County since March 2020 at 3,878.

The health department has gone to a weekly format for reporting new coronavirus cases. This latest report was down from the prior week in May, which was 33 cases.

During the height of the pandemic through 2020, department officials had released daily and case-by-case numbers and demographics.

On June 4, Graves County Health Department released its graphics of recoveries and active cases. With that number at 3,868 total cases last Friday, the active number of cases was 40 (34 at home and six hospitalized). Recoveries were listed at 3,738.

The total number of deaths related to COVID-19, according to the health department, is at 90.

Officials are still promoting and administering Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson and Moderna vaccines at the health department. According to a news release Monday, Nurse Supervisor Kathy Gifford noted they are administering Pfizer vaccines on Mondays, Johnson and Johnson on Wednesdays, and Moderna vaccines on Fridays.

“Try to get your vaccination to protect yourself,” Gifford said.

“We can do several things to keep from becoming sick and being vaccinated is one of them,” health department director Noel Coplen said.

To entice more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear offering $1 million prizes and college scholarships. Three Kentucky adults will win $1 million prizes and 15 students ages 12-17 will be awarded full-ride scholarships to a Kentucky public university, college, technical or trade school, he announced Friday.

Beshear is hoping the chance at landing a lucrative prize is enough to overcome vaccine hesitancy keeping many Kentuckians from rolling up their sleeves for the shots.

“If you’re on the fence, how about a free ride to college?” he said at a news conference. “Or how about the best odds that you will ever have at winning $1 million? All you’ve got to do is the right thing that every public health official in America says you ought to be doing anyway.”

To enter the three drawings, Kentucky adults vying for the $1 million prizes must have received at least the first dose of a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Kentucky youngsters 12-17 must have received at least their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to be eligible for the scholarships, which will cover tuition, room-and-board and books.

The offer is available to Kentucky residents already vaccinated and those who decide to get the vaccine before the drawings. Drawings will be July 1, July 29 and Aug. 26, with winners announced the next day.

Kentucky becomes the latest state to dangle an assortment of prizes as incentives to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates. In neighboring West Virginia, vaccinated residents have a chance to win a college scholarship, an F-150 pickup truck or cash rewards.

To register, visit shotatamillion.ky.gov.

For more information on COVID-19, visit kycovid19.ky.gov or call 1-800-722-2725 or 270-247-3553.