Marshall County is now one of several counties that are considered a “red zone” due to having 25 average daily cases per 100,000 people. Nearby red zone counties include Calloway, McCracken, Graves and Lyon.
Governor Andy Beshear announced the state’s highest week of coronavirus cases yet, and that Kentuckians need to act now to help get it under control. Over 1,400 cases were announced for the state on Sunday. Nearly 1,000 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized as a result of the virus, with 250 of them in intensive care units. Four new deaths were also reported.
“If you’re not alarmed by these record numbers of COVID-19 cases, you should be,” Gov. Beshear said. “I know we’re tired, but if we do not get the spread of this disease under control, we risk a darker, more deadly period this winter than we ever experienced in the spring.”
The state recommends red zone counties follow nine recommendations:
- Employers should allow employees to work from home when possible.
- Non-critical government offices to operate virtually.
- Reduce in-person shopping, and order online or curbside pickup.
- Order take-out and avoid dining in restaurants or bars.
- Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce mask mandate and other guidelines.
- Reschedule, postpone or cancel public and private events.
- Do not host or attend gatherings of any size.
- Avoid non-essential activities outside of your home.
- Reduce overall activity and contacts, and follow existing guidance, including 10 steps to defeat COVID-19.
The Marshall County Health Department also reported 13 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, pushing the county to 108 currently active individuals with the virus.
The latest cases include a teenager, a woman in her 20s, two men and one woman in their 30s, three men and a woman in their 40s, and three women and a man in their 50s. All 13 are isolated in their respective homes.
As of Sunday, 413 individuals have recovered and seven have died since from the virus since it first appeared in the county.