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Marshall County has followed a downward trend in coronavirus cases that’s been experienced across the state since last month.

Local health department director Billy Pitts said it was difficult to pinpoint what caused the decline --  vaccines, cold weather, passing of the holidays, or even a combination of those possibilities -- but he and his staff were nevertheless “glad to see it.”

“I really hope this continues to be a downward trend and maybe we can beat this thing,” he said.

Pitts added that the health department managed to use 90% of its vaccines last week, despite treacherous road conditions. On Friday, they held a drive-thru clinic that “really worked well” where they dispensed 90 shots in four hours.

Marshall County held a daily average of 17.9 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, according to chfs.ky.gov. By having an average less than 25 per 100,000, Marshall, along with the rest of the Purchase Area, is out of the red zone.

As an orange zone, Marshall held a daily average between 10-25 coronavirus cases, which is based on the prior seven days. The next level is yellow (1 to 10) followed by green, which is less than one daily average case.

As of Monday, the local health department had announced 51 new cases throughout the previous 10 days, pushing the county’s total to 2,552. They also reported 113 active cases and nine new deaths.

Fifty-two have died from COVID-19 in Marshall County since March 2020.

Pitts said the health department received no vaccine shipments last week due to the weather, but this week they would resume like normal. He noted that even though they received none last week, they would still only get 100 first doses of the vaccine this week.

Currently, they are only administering COVID-19 vaccines to senior citizens aged 70 or older who are on the waiting list.