Since the health departments in the counties overseen by the Pennyrile District Health Department were closed this week because of potential driving hazards brought on by winter weather, there were no COVID-19 updates issued by the PDHD.

Health departments in Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties were unable to provide information to the PDHD because they were all closed by snow or ice on the roads.

However, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services continued to provide color-coded maps showing the COVID-19 incidence rates this week.

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.

Caldwell County’s incidence rate went from 67.2 on Thursday to 60.5 on Friday, 61.6 on Saturday, 58.3 on Sunday and 60.5 on Monday. Caldwell County has been at the red or critical level of COVID-19 incidence rate since Jan. 3.

More information about regional COVID-19 information or other health-related information can be found at the PDHD Facebook page or at pennyrilehealth.org.