Graves County is knocking on the door of 3,000 coronavirus cases following 90 new cases reported on Monday.
The new COVID-19 cases increased the county total from 2,816 to 2,906 since March 2020, according to information released by the Graves County Health Department. There were also two new deaths reported, which also increased the county’s COVID-related death total to 75.
Health department nurse supervisor Kathy Gifford said health officials are hoping to see positive cases begin to decline following the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Since Halloween, Graves County’s positive cases rocketed by more than 2,000 cases from 893 at the end of October to the current number. The number of deaths related to the coronavirus has also more than doubled since Oct. 30.
According to the Graves County Health Department, there were 342 active cases reported on Jan. 7. The average in December was 222, which was down from November’s average of 237. The average active case number for October was 47.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health reports 308,729 total cases on Tuesday in Kentucky and 2,944 deaths. Gov. Andy Beshear reported 3,053 new COVID-19 cases across Kentucky on Tuesday. Beshear said that’s the fourth-highest number ever reported on a Tuesday in the commonwealth.
The governor also reported 22 new COVID-19 related deaths.
More than 39,200 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus since March.
Graves County is with 111 other Kentucky counties that are in the red, critical category for average daily cases per 100,000 population for the previous seven days. Hickman County is the lone county in orange (accelerated rate category), according to the current incident rate map on kycovid19.ky.gov.
Vaccinations have been underway in Graves County. Health Department Director Noel Coplen reported approximately 500 vaccinations have been administered through the health department and approximately 200 through Jackson Purchase Medical Center.
Local long-term health and rehabilitation centers have had COVID-19 vaccinations administered to residents and others through Walgreens last week.
Coplen also reported the health department has 1,800 people on their waiting list to be vaccinated, but the department received only 100 doses Monday.