COVID-19 cases are beginning to recede this week, with the rate in Letcher County cut nearly in half.
Experts credit increased vaccination, a concerted effort by school districts to stop the spread of the virus, and natural immunity brought about by so many people having the virus over the past two months.
“We’re still continuing to see cases, but thankfully at a decreased rate up there. Letcher County has been a really active county for us,” Kentucky River District Health Director Scott Lockard said. “The week ending October 3 there were 127 new cases in the system, and the prior week, there were 266 cases.”
The numbers come from state’s computer system that tracks COVID 19 cases.
Letcher County is following the same trend as the rest of the health district with sharp decreases over the past week.
Lockard said cases peaked for the seven-county district during the week of August 30 through September 5, with 984 new infections. Last week the number was down to 582.
As of Tuesday, Letcher County had had 3,664 cases since the pandemic began in March 2020, and 58 people are listed in the official death toll. The number of deaths reported usually lags behind the actual number that are occurring.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 46.1 percent of the total population of Letcher County have now been vaccinated and 52 percent have had at least one shot. Of those eligible for the vaccine, 53.8 percent have been fully vaccinated and 60.7 percent have had at least one shot. Fiftyfive. nine percent of adults have been fully vaccinated and 62.8 percent have now had at least one shot. Of those 65 and over, 71.6 percent have been fully vaccinated and 75.2 percent have had at least one shot.