Albany vaccination site moves into 1c

Posted March 2, 2021 at 2:21 pm

Although the numbers reflecting Clinton County’s COVID-19 cases over the past week weren’t quite as impressive as in the previous week, in terms of new cases added against cases that were released, there were still plenty of positives in the numbers over the past seven days.

First, there were no new cases in the past week that resulted in deaths of Clinton County patients, according to figures released by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department.

To date, there have been 27 deaths in patients directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, since the illness first reached Kentucky almost exactly one year ago, in March, 2020.

Secondly, the number of total active cases among Clinton County residents dropped again this week, to 12 cases according to the LCDHD as of Tuesday morning of this week, compared with 15 active cases a week ago.

During the past week, there have been 15 new cases added to the roll among Clinton County patients, with 18 cases being moved into the released or no longer contagious category.

Also, Clinton County’s seven day positivity rate, which had moved back into the highest category of critical spread, or a level of over 25 cases per 100,000 population, moved back down one level to the accelerated spread level of between 10 and 25 cases per 100,000.

That bit of positive news also was reflected across the entire 10 county LCDHD district.

Just a few weeks ago, all 10 counties were listed as being in the highest, or critical level of seven day incidence rate, and on Tuesday morning, only three counties remained at that level, while six counties had moved into the accelerated spread level.

One county, Casey, had in fact even dropped to the next lowest level of spread, the Community Spread level meaning that the rate of spread over a seven day period is between one and 10 cases per 100,000 population.

The lowest level of incidence spread would be the ultimate goal for defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, the “On Track” level where cases are less then one per 100,000 in population.

Another positive note in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic for Clinton Count residents, is that The Medical Center at Albany continues to offer vaccinations through their remote location at the Clinton County Welcome Center.

As of this week, the vaccinations being offered here have moved into a portion of the 1c phase, including Kentucky residents who are 60 and older.

Those persons eligible as part of Phases 1a, 1b and 1c are asked to schedule a vaccine appointment by texting SHOT to 606-387-3646 or by emailing, or by calling 606-387-3646 and leave a message.

Med Center Health will bill insurance companies for administration costs and individuals will not incur any costs.

The vaccine will be provided regardless of whether or not a person has insurance.

Current case numbers for Clinton County in the seven day incident spread rate as of Tuesday morning were listed as being 20.97 per 100,000 population, falling in the middle of the 10 counties in the LCDHD district.

Other levels of seven day spread rate were: McCreary 44.77, Taylor 40.47, Green 33.95, Adair 23.91, Russell 20.72, Cumberland 19.44, Pulaski 18.91, Wayne 18.27and Casey 9.72.

In regards to total cases, and the number of among the LCDHD counties in addition to Clinton County’s current 12 positive cases, the current case numbers and the number of hospitalized patients listed in parenthesis are: Adair 27 (3), Casey 7 (0), Cumberland 9 (1), Green 20 (1), McCreary 52 (6), Pulaski 79 (17), Russell 24 (2), Taylor 54 (2), Wayne 28 (4).

To date, Clinton County has experienced a total of 1,395 known cases of COVID-19 since last March, while across the LCDHD district, there have been 20,334 known cases and 359 confirmed deaths directly related to the disease.