MURRAY – As of Wednesday, the Calloway County Health Department said it had received notification of 32 new cases of COVID-19.

The case count is now at 5,239, with 5,006 recovered, 160 isolated at home, 13 hospitalized, and 60 deaths. The breakdown of the total cases by age category is as follows: seven cases under age 18; 12 cases ages 18-39; seven cases age 40-60; and six cases over 60.  

CCHD also reported 22 new cases on Tuesday. The breakdown for Tuesday’s cases by age category was as follows: six cases under age 18; 11 cases ages 18-39; five cases age 40-60; and 0 cases over 60.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that fully vaccinated people whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised should receive an additional COVID vaccination, CCHD said. 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.

“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,” CCHD said. “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.”