Christian County Health Department officials reported an additional 37 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county’s confirmed total to 260 cases with an additional 18 probable (not laboratory confirmed) cases.
CCHD staff are actively monitoring 107 cases. Three county residents are currently hospitalized with two of those on a ventilator.
Health Department officials noted in their Thursday report that previous measures taken by government officials to stop the spread of the disease apparently were working as the county’s situation has significantly degraded since the lifting of stay-at-home orders.
“Based on the significant increase in the number of cases that we have received since July 2nd, this is evidence that the city and county stay-at-home orders, which have been lifted, did work,” CCHD staff wrote. “At the beginning of the pandemic and while the stay-at-home orders were in place, Christian County only had fifty-six (56) COVID-19 cases reported. Those fifty-six (56) cases were reported between March 17th and July 1, 2020. Since the stay-at -home orders were lifted and with no mandatory face mask ordinances in place in Christian County, the county has received an additional two-hundred twenty-two (222) cases. Those two-hundred twenty-two (222) cases have been reported just since July 2nd.”
CCHD staff said that their hospitalized residents have been “a wide age range” and that not all of them had a comorbidity situation that contributed to the need for hospitalization.
The department continued to push for mask wearing in the county.
“Please keep in mind that you may be infected with COVID-19 without realizing it, so wearing a face mask correctly and consistently significantly reduces the risk that you will spread the virus to others unknowingly,” CCHD officials wrote.