A COVID-19 cluster at the Clay County Detention Center has developed, the Cumberland Valley District Health Department reported on Monday.
The department reported 50 new cases among inmates, up from 19 new cases the week before, said Tyra Barett, harm reduction coordinator for the Department of Health, which covers Clay, Jackson and Rockcastle counties.
The latest figures were for the period July 24-30. In addition to the 50 new cases among inmates, the department reported that 23 inmates had recovered.
No deaths were reported among the detainees.
The department is also facing a new outbreak of cases at Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson County. There were 11 residents and 11 positive staff, the department reported on Monday.
It was a new cluster that surfaced last week, Barrett said.
Barrett said the two clusters were the first seen in the district in the past two to three months. There have been no recent deaths in nursing homes in the district despite the recent increase in cases.
The Kaiser Family Foundation reported on Monday that with vaccination efforts, deaths at long-term care facilities in Kentucky and other states – which were hot spots when the pandemic began – have been weak in recent months.
Still, health officials are concerned that the latest strain of the virus, the Delta strain, spreads more easily and can cause more serious problems, and that vaccination rates in many counties in Kentucky remain low. .
Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in Jackson County, only 27.8% of the population over the age of 12 is at least partially vaccinated, and only 24.1% of the population is fully vaccinated, a Barrett said.
The rate in Clay County of people over 12 with at least one injection is 34.4% and 30.3% are fully immunized, Barrett said.
Barrett said the Delta variant is likely to be the cause of the outbreak in Clay County. The cause of the cluster in Jackson County is unclear, she said.
Health officials have seen an increase in the number of people vaccinated in recent weeks, Barrett said.
âI think it’s because of the fear of Delta,â she said.