WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Thirty-eight percent of the U.S. population has now been fully vaccinated, and that includes 1.6 million people in the Commonwealth.
Still, Kentucky is in a race against time to try to get residents vaccinated, especially as two counties cross the critical threshold.
COVID numbers are declining in parts of the country, some counties in Kentucky are not experiencing the same. Like here in Webster County where they are in the COVID red zone.
Webster County is one of two Kentucky counties in the red zone, which means the region has seen more than twenty-five new cases per 100,000 people.
In a statement from the Green River District Public Health Director, union and Henderson County membership has also increased but has not yet crossed the critical threshold.
“A hit in the arm is a success. Have I seen the numbers we would like? I do not think so. It’s disappointing, but it’s not disheartening. We are here to provide as much as possible. And we’ll do it until we’re done, ”FEMA’s CJ Prudhom said.
“Everyone here, we’ve been working with COVID for a year and trying to stay up to date on research. So if there is any hesitation or research or you know, questions, I encourage them to come to the site, to ask questions, ”said Stefanie Cocchimiglio.
A 14-year-old who came to the Henderson Clinic was a little hesitant herself.
“Few people have had it at my age that I know. Because I have asthma and worry about what might happen, ”said Keighly Davis.
Keighly’s age group of 12 to 15 opened up for vaccine eligibility last week.
“Well, just because she has asthma, so I want her to be fully protected so that if she catches it, she can have something to fight with it,” her mother Erica Davis said.
“It’s exciting to see parents take their children out, get them vaccinated, care for them and give them that chance for protection,” said Cocchimiglio.
Officials hope to open it up to more age groups and make it as convenient as possible for people, especially those who live in red zone counties.
Public health directors say it appears to be a widespread general community in Webster County and encourage people who are not vaccinated to wear masks, socially distance themselves and wash their hands frequently.