Health officials are continuing to report an increased rate for COVID-19 vaccination.
The news comes as the number of infections more than doubled in the Gateway District in a week. The health department district includes Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan and Rowan Counties. 49 new cases of the virus were reported there July 29th. The update Thursday reported 128 new cases, with Elliott and Menifee now in the red designation.
Still, District Public Health Director Gregory Brewer is seeing signs of hope, saying more people are continuing to get their vaccine.
Brewer reiterates a majority of those hospitalized with the virus currently have not been vaccinated. He says the random samplings also lead his department to believe a majority of the cases in the area are the result of the Delta variant.