112 of Kentucky's 120 counties show red for COVID incidence

Thursday’s COVID-19 incidence rate map provided by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services shows 112 of the state’s 120 counties at the red or critical level.

Caldwell County reported its first COVID-related deaths on Wednesday and Thursday, and has 102 active cases as of Friday afternoon.

According to the Pennyrile District Health Department (PDHD), a 75-year-old man reportedly died on Wednesday, while another 75-year-old man and a 70-year-old man died on Thursday with relation to COVID-19.

A 77-year-old woman from Lyon County also died on Wednesday with relation to COVID-19.

The PDHD reported on Friday that Caldwell County has had 485 cases of COVID-19 reported since the pandemic began in March. The county has had 380 recoveries and three deaths, leaving 102 active cases. Of those, 98 are recovering at home, with four of them recovering in a hospital.

On Nov. 13, the PDHD reported that Caldwell County had 83 active cases.

From Nov. 13 through Thursday, Caldwell County has had 82 reported cases of COVID-19, with 49 of those being women.

Earlier in the week, there was a growing trend of the elderly — those 60 or older — to have COVID-19, but that trend has abated at the end of this week.

From Sunday through Tuesday, 33 of the 37 cases reported were 60 or older. On Wednesday and Thursday, only six of the 28 cases were of that age.

Thursday’s incidence rate map of Kentucky was grim, showing 112 of the state’s 120 counties (93.3%) at the red or critical level.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services takes information garnered by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and categorizes each county based on the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases over the previous seven days, the assigns it a number based on the number of cases in the county per 100,000 people.

Those listed at the red or critical level have had more than 25 cases per 100,000 people. The orange or accelerated level indicates 10 to 25 cases per 100,000 people, while the yellow or community spread level shows 1 to 10 cases per 100,000 people and the green or on track level shows less than 1 case per 100,000 people.

On Thursday, Caldwell County had an incidence rate of 59.4 cases per 100,000 people. Counties with an incidence rate of 100 or more per 100,000 people are Dudley (161.8), Elliot (146.3), Powell (123.7), Monroe (112.7), Marion (104.5) and Carlisle (102).

Regional hot spots besides Carlisle County include Graves (93.9), McCracken (83.4), Webster (81.7), Calloway (73.6) and McLean (72.9) counties.

Caldwell County reported 21 new cases on Sunday, 19 new cases on Thursday, 12 new cases on Tuesday and 11 new cases on Nov. 13.