Christian County is up to 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three of those patients have recovered.
That’s according to the Christian County Health Department, which provided an update during the regular Friday afternoon news conference, where Beth McCraw said four patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are currently hospitalized at Jennie Stuart Medical Center and all four are on ventilators.
Two of the total cases are in the pediatric age group, 13 are young adults, seven are in the 60 to 85 age group and three are elderly. McCraw says approximately 355 people have been tested at the Jennie Stuart Health Express Lab since a drive-thru site opened there, including about 31 on Friday.
Amanda Sweeney of the health department says they are doing periodic phone calls with local Amish communities to give them new information on the pandemic and to give them the latest guidance.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department has adjusted their own procedures as well, including having 911 dispatchers ask callers specific questions to identify any possibility of COVID-19 exposure. Captain Michael Pendleton says at this moment, they have the personal protective equipment they need to operate, but if the pandemic goes for a long time, that could change.
Pendleton strongly encouraged citizens to stay healthy at home and go out only for the essentials, and if you do go out, make sure to keep the social distance of at least six feet between yourself and others. He also says if you are feeling ill, make sure to call your doctor before heading to the hospital and have them advise you on what the best course of action would be.