Caldwell County has had 156 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the month of November, with one-seventh of those coming on Saturday.
The county reported 21 new cases on Saturday — 12 women and nine men — bringing the county’s overall total to 444 cases, according to information provided by the Pennyrile District Health Department (PDHD).
Caldwell County has isolated three students and two school staff members for COVID-19 and has quarantined 98 students and eight staff members, according to information released Monday by the PDHD.
Health officials emphasize that those who are quarantined do not necessarily have COVID-19, but are being quarantined for their close contact with someone who does.
The month began with 21 cases reported on the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 2, followed by a two-day total of 30 for Nov. 3-4 and 12 cases reported on Nov. 5 and the weekend of Nov. 7-9.
Caldwell County reported 16 cases on Nov. 10, 14 on Nov. 11 and 11 on Friday. This was the first weekend that the PDHD broke down each day’s information for a weekend.
Of the 156 cases this month, 19 of them — 12.2% — were of school age (5 to 18). Of the month’s cases, 91 were women and 65 were men, while 12 of the school-age cases were girls and seven were boys.
Caldwell County has been listed at the red level for incidence since Oct. 28. That indicates an incidence rate of 25 or more cases per 100,000 people over the previous seven days, the highest rate of the four levels tracked by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Caldwell County’s incidence rate peaked on Nov. 5 at 82.9 cases per 100,000 people and gradually receded to 44 on Nov. 11. It has since begun climbing again to 62.8 cases per 100,000 people on Monday.
In Monday’s statewide incidence rate report, 102 of Kentucky’s 120 counties (85%) were listed at the red level, while the remaining 18 were at the orange or accelerated level (10 to 25 cses per 100,000 people).
For more information about regional COVID-19 cases and rates, visit the PDHD Facebook page.