The Buffalo Hint District Well being Division just lately launched the ultimate COVID-19 pandemic numbers.
In line with BTDHD District Director Victor McKay, via Could 11, 2023, there have been 144 COVID-19 associated deaths. In Mason County, 120 lives had been misplaced and in Robertson County, there have been 24 lives misplaced.
“COVID-19 affected nearly everybody within the communities we serve,” McKay mentioned. “Nearly each one in every of us had members of the family, co-workers and buddies the COVID-19 virus touched in a method or one other.”
Complete COVID-19 circumstances reported included 6,582 in Mason County and 927 circumstances in Robertson County.
There have been 14,608 COVID-19 vaccines administered by the well being division via Could 11, 2023.
“Practically 58 % of Mason Countians obtained at the very least a single dose of the vaccine,” McKay mentioned. “About 42 % of Robertson County obtained COVID-19 vaccinations as nicely.”
In line with McKay, reporting COVID-19 circumstances is now not required because the well being emergency was lifted by the federal authorities in Could.
The well being division has now shifted focus again to providers that had been offered earlier than the pandemic.
“We’ll now not be updating COVID numbers on our web site since reporting is longer required,” McKay mentioned. “We all know individuals are nonetheless testing constructive and we’ll proceed to observe as wanted.”
Mason and Robertson County residents will nonetheless have entry to vaccines and have the ability to take a look at till notified in any other case.
The Bi-valent vaccine requires one dose for ages 12 via 64 years. Those that are beneath 12 years of age and people who are over the age of 65 will want two doses.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may also be accessible.
Residents can keep updated on COVID-19 by visiting kycovid19.ky.gov.
McKay mentioned there have been a number of individuals who performed a job in serving to in the course of the pandemic.
“We reached out to Rhonda Sims who heads the nursing program at MCTC. She was greater than prepared to help. Her employees and college students assisted with a number of of our clinics over a two-year interval. The Kentucky Nationwide Guard despatched their Strike Groups to help in our efforts as nicely,” McKay mentioned. “Kate Hendrickson, Margaret Denham, Peggy Gilligan and Debbie Nolder; after I contacted these people, they didn’t hesitate to say sure. Simply needed to know when and the place.”
McKay mentioned there have been places that additionally performed an necessary function in the course of the pandemic.
“The parents on the girls and boys membership had been nice to work with. It’s a nice facility that supplied every part wanted in offering such an enormous endeavor,” he mentioned.
The Mason County College District additionally opened up the Fieldhouse, the Robertson County College opened up and native space volunteer hearth departments all allowed for vaccine clinic use.