As confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hardin County trend downward — there were only 51 over a three-day period last week — there is little dispute that county residents have been impacted since the first case was diagnosed 19 months ago.

About 1 in 6 Hardin County residents have been diagnosed at least once with the coronavirus since March 2020, according to the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.

The district’s latest report issue Thursday said 17,340 diagnosed cases have of COVID-19 have occurred in the county. The 2020 Census reported 110,702 residents in the county.

In late August, LTDHD Health Promotion Manager/Public Information Officer Terrie Burgan warned that the surge of cases the area was seeing then “were just the tip of the iceberg.”

As of Thursday’s report there have been 254 deaths attributed to the virus — an increase of 21 deaths since a health district report a week earlier.

The majority of the confirmed cases also have come over the last few months. On July 30, there had been 10,267 reported positive COVID cases in the county. There have been more than 7,000 additional cases since then.

Also, COVID-19 deaths went from 172 July 30 to 254 as of Thursday.

As of Thursday, 65,371 of Hardin County’s estimated population — 58.92% — has either received the first of two COVID shots, or have received both Moderna or Pfizer shots, or the single Johnson & Johnson shot, according to the Kentucky Public Health Department.

For the county’s over 18 population, 72% of residents have received at least one COVID-19 shot.

“We are hopeful that vaccination rates will continue to climb,” Burgan previously said. “It remains our most effective weapon in this continued battle against COVID-19.”

LaRue County also has a ratio of about one confirmed case for every six residents, according to the health district. There have been 2,330 confirmed cases among the county’s estimated 14,398 residents. There have been 45 deaths linked to COVID-19 in the county, according to LTDHD.

As of Thursday, 45.88% of LaRue County residents have received at least one COVID shot.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1404 or

Jeff D'Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1404 or

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