LCHD reports 152 COVID-19 cases; Seven inmates at LCRJ test positive

Published 7:21 am Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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As of Monday this week, the Lincoln County Health Department reported a total of 152 COVID-19 cases in the county – including seven inmates at the Lincoln County Regional Jail (LCRJ) who have tested positive for the virus.

LCHD Director Diane Miller said in addition to the 152 active cases, a total of 36 household contacts are being monitored.

There were a total of nine individuals hospitalized due to the virus as of Monday morning, Miller said.

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Lincoln County has reported a total of 32 deaths related to the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and Miller said the health department is sending three deaths to the state this week for review.

A total of seven inmates at the LCRJ have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to LCHD, and are being monitored.

Miller said the LCHD is continuing to administer the Moderna vaccines to the Phase 1b group which includes healthcare staff, first responders, and those ages 70 and older.

LCHD has also started to administer the second doses of the vaccine, Miller said.

“We will continue to get 100 doses of the prime doses each week,” she said.

Miller is asking for the public’s patience during the vaccination process.

“I can only schedule the clinic according to the number of vaccinators that I have,” she said.

While LCHD is currently accepting registration from the Phase 1c group, the health department is still vaccinating the Phase 1b group.

“I’m asking individuals to be patient with that. We only get so many a week,” she said. “I still have quite a few registrations for the 70 and older age group. I understand and have compassion for those needing this vaccine, those with underlying health conditions; I can only do what I can do with the number of vaccines that I receive weekly.”

To register with LCHD to receive a vaccine, call 606-365-3106 on Tuesday or Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.