MURRAY — As of Monday, the Calloway County Health Department has received notification of 116 new cases of COVID-19 (46 cases on Friday, 40 cases on Saturday, four cases on Sunday and 26 cases on Monday. The case count for the entire pandemic is now at 4,889 with 4,389 recovered, 437 isolated at home, seven patients requiring treatment in hospitals and 56 deaths.  

The majority of reported cases was unvaccinated. Here is a breakdown of the total cases by age category: 27 cases under age 18, 51 cases age 18 to 39, 23 cases age 40-60, and 15 cases over 60.  

The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that fully vaccinated people whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised should receive an additional COVID vaccination.  However, there are specific guidelines for who fits in that moderately to severely compromised category.  This includes people who have:

• Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood;

• Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;

• Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;

• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)

• Advanced or untreated HIV infection;

• Active treatment with high dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

Contact your medical provider to see if they recommend the additional dose.  

For the latest COVID vaccine information and to locate vaccination sites, go to https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine. Vaccine is readily available in our community.  

Calloway County Is in the COVID Red Zone, which means that we have high community transmission of the virus.  As a result, we make the following recommendations:  1) get vaccinated, 2) wear a mask, 3) practice social distancing, 4) avoid social activities with unvaccinated persons, especially if you are medically vulnerable, and 5) postpone large public events.