Daviess County has now officially recorded more than 4,000 cases of COVID 19. The actual count stands at 4,008 after health department officials reported 71 new cases since Monday and four new deaths raising the death toll to 106.
The new cases again were mostly among the unvaccinated with 60 having not received a vaccine and 11 that were vaccinated.
“The majority of our cases of COVID are with the unvaccinated,” said Daviess County Public Health Department Nurse Kathy Sullender.
Despite the growing number of cases, Daviess County remains in the “orange” category on the Indiana State Department of Health Map for COVID spread meaning the disease is spreading moderately in the county, with 615 cases per 100,000 population and falling positivity rate of 14.29%.
“We held a clinic over the weekend where we tested 81 people and 25 came back positive for COVID,” said Sullender. “There are a lot of people worried about COVID who are also coming down with allergy and sinus symptoms. Those negatives are what is keeping us out of the ‘red’ zone.”
While Daviess County remained “orange” two neighboring counties were “red.” Martin County showed 643 cases per 100,000 population and a positivity rate of 17.55%. Pike County was also “red.”
“We keep asking is this the highest it is going to go?” said Sullender. “I don’t think we have reached that yet.”
Health department officials still are recommending vaccinations as the best way to fight off the pandemic.
The health department will be holding a follow-up clinic at Barr-Reeve on Friday to offer second shots to those who received their first Pfizer or Moderna vaccines about a month ago.
The clinic at Kavanaugh Court will run from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. for students and staff and from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. will be open to the community.
The Pfizer vaccine is available to people age 12 and older. The Moderna is for those 18 and older.
“This follow-up clinic will allow people who got their first shot earlier to get their second,” said Sullender. “It is also a chance for people to come in and get their first vaccination, even though they will have to come into the office to get their second shot.”