By Eugenia Jones
Sadly, multiple deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in McCreary County over the past several weeks. As of Wednesday morning, the Lake Cumberland Health Department reported a total of 53 deaths occurring in McCreary County since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health officials are encouraging all individuals to take the COVID-19 vaccine if eligible and to wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds. In comparison to the 62% statewide vaccination uptake rate, 42.26% of McCreary County residents are currently vaccinated. According to the Lake Cumberland Health Department, of the more than 25,000 Lake Cumberland area cases occurring since the vaccine first became available, almost 94.56% were unvaccinated.
According to the CDC, physicians may recommend the administration of monoclonal antibodies to their COVID-19 positive patients (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who are more likely to get extremely sick. This treatment is given intravenously or through injections and is available locally at certain clinics or by referral to providers or hospitals outside of the county. Monoclonal antibodies must be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis and within ten days of symptom onset. The treatment appears to have been effective in reducing hospitalization and/or death for many, but not all, patients.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, possible ways to combat COVID-19, clinical trials, and monoclonal antibodies, go to https://combatcovid.hhs.gov .
According to the Lake Cumberland District Health Department Daily News Brief on Wednesday morning, McCreary County had 38 active cases with 7 of those individuals hospitalized and 31 in self-isolation.