Well being officers urge warning as COVID-19 incidence charges stay excessive

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, health officials said the public is at even greater risk.

“With the virus out there now, I encourage everyone to simply get the facts from one reliable source,” said Tracy Aaron, director of health education at Lake Cumberland.

As of Saturday, counties like Clay have an incidence rate of 128.5, while counties like Laurel are just behind at 102.9. Officials said members of the community must do their part to stay safe during this outbreak.

“Research in valid places,” said Aaron. “We have been vaccinated against various viruses for many, many years and we are fine.”

Officials believe the recent surge may attract more people to get vaccinated.

“We’re getting more calls and questions about vaccines,” said Jelaine Harlow, health education coordinator for Lake Cumberland. “I’ve told several people I know that they changed their minds about the Delta variant.”

With the Delta variant continuing to spread in the mountains, officials said it is more important than ever to be on guard.

“It’s a lot easier for people to contract when you’re with someone who is positive, and often we still have people who don’t have symptoms and don’t know,” said Aaron.

That reality has led Aaron, Harlow, and other health professionals to promote CDC recommendations.

“Wear a mask, try to keep your social distance because it’s very contagious,” said Harlow. “And you know, when you have a weak immune system, you can be very good.”

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