Caldwell County moved out of the red level of COVID-19 incidence on Christmas Day, halting a 58-day stretch at the highest level of incidence.

On Monday, Caldwell County’s incidence rate was 21.3 a bump up from its rate of 19.1 on Sunday, the lowest its rate has been since Oct. 27, the day before it entered the red level for 58 days.

A county’s COVID-19 incidence rate is the number of new COVID-19 cases it has per 100,000 people over the previous seven days. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services takes information provided by the Kentucky Department of Public Health and creates a color-coded map based on each county’s incidence rate level.

The highest incidence rate, red or critical, indicates more than 25 new cases per 100,000 people over the previous seven days. The orange or accelerated level indicates 10 to 25 cases, the yellow or community spread level shows 1 to 10 cases and the green or on track level indicates less than 1 case.

While there are still more than 100 of Kentucky’s 120 counties at the red level, the number of counties out of the red level is increasing. On Sunday, Hickman County became the first Kentucky county to register at the yellow level since Nov. 14. Its incidence rate on Monday was 6.5 cases per 100,000 people.

Western Kentucky boasts five of the 19 counties that were out of the red level on Monday. Besides Hickman County, the only county at the yellow level, Crittenden (11.4), Ballard (18.1), Caldwell (21.3) and Fulton (21.5) were also out of the red and in the orange level.

Since the Dec. 23 report made by the Pennyrile District Health Department, Caldwell County has reported 11 new cases over five days, with eight cases reported on Thursday, one case reported on Saturday, no cases reported on Sunday and two cases reported on Monday.

None of the five counties covered by the PDHD — Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg — reported any new COVID-19 cases on Christmas Day.

Caldwell County has reported a total of 789 cases since the pandemic began. In the report made on Dec. 23, there were 41 active cases in the county, 717 recovered cases and 19 deaths.

Regional COVID-19 information can be found on the PDHD Facebook page along with other health-related information. Health information can also be found at pennyrilehealth.org.