Caldwell COVID cases, incidence rate falling

The Kentucky COVID incidence rate map from Monday shows only 95 of its 120 counties at the red or critical level of COVID incidence, the fewest since Nov. 14.

The number of new COVID-19 cases has dropped this week in Caldwell County, and the number of Kentucky counties at the highest level of COVID incidence is below 100 for the first time since Dec. 30.

Caldwell County reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and Sunday and three on Monday after reporting nine new cases on Friday.

The county has reported 47 cases this month, averaging 5.9 cases per day. That brings its overall count to 1,069.

Caldwell County has been at the highest level of COVID incidence — the red or critical level — since Jan. 9. Its rate has been decreasing since Thursday, reaching 38.1 on Monday.

A COVID-19 incidence rate is the number of new cases over the last seven days per 100,000 people. The Kentucky Department of Public Health garners that information from each county and provides it to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which provides a color-coded map indicating the level of incidence in each county.

The highest level, red or critical, indicates 25 or more cases over the last seven days per 100,000 people, while the next-highest, orange or accelerated, shows 10 to 25 cases. The third-highest level, yellow or community spread, indicates 1 to 10 cases, while the lowest level, green or on track, shows less than 1 case.

For the first time since Dec. 30, fewer than 100 of Kentucky’s 120 counties is at the red level. On Friday, 99 Kentucky counties were at the red level while 19 were at the orange level, one at yellow and one at green. On Saturday, 100 counties were at the red level, but on Sunday, 96 counties were at that level.

On Monday, 95 counties were at the red level, while 22 were at the orange level and three were at the yellow.

The state’s COVID incidence rate on Monday was 40.22.

Regional information regarding COVID-19 can be found at the Pennyrile District Health Department’s Facebook page along with other health-related information. More information about health can also be found at pennyrilehealth.org.