COVID-19 incidence rate declining in Caldwell County

Thursday’s Kentucky COVID-19 incidence rate map shows more counties moving from the highest level, red, to the next-highest, orange. However, 110 of the state’s 120 counties are still at the red level.

The COVID-19 incidence rate for Caldwell County is falling, approaching the dividing line between the highest level of incidence and the next-highest level.

Caldwell County has been at the red or critical level of COVID-19 incidence since Jan. 9, reaching an all-time high rate of 112.1 on Jan. 14 after a precipitous climb throughout that week.

Since then, the incidence rate has been declining, reaching a rate of 37.0 on Thursday. The state’s incidence rate that day was 54.10.

A COVID-19 incidence rate is the number of new cases a county reports over a seven-day period per 100,000 people. The Kentucky Department of Public Health gathers that information and provides it to the Kentucky Cabinet of health and Family Services, which releases a daily color-coded map showing what level of incidence rate each county is in.

Since Jan. 3, at least 110 of Kentucky’s 120 counties has been in the red or critical rate, which indicates 25 or more cases per 100,000 people. On Thursday, 110 counties were at the red level.

The next-highest rate is the orange or accelerated rate, which indicates 10 to 25 cases per 100,000 people. The yellow or community spread level shows 1 to 10 new cases per 100,000 people, while the green or on track level indicates less than 1 new case per 100,000 people.

Caldwell County reported eight new cases on Tuesday, 11 new cases on Wednesday — including a 1-year-old boy — and 10 cases on Thursday, including seven people who are 45 or older.

Caldwell County reported its 1,000th case of COVID-19 on Thursday, an 85-year-old man. The county has had 1,008 reported cases of COVID-19 through Thursday since the pandemic started last March.

Trigg County has had 971 cases through Thursday, while Livingston County has had 631, Crittenden County has had 548 and Lyon County has had 474.

Trigg County announced a COVID-related death on Jan. 23, an 88-year-old man, bringing its death toll to eight. Caldwell County has had 23 COVID-related deaths, while Crittenden County has had 19, Livingston County 17 and Lyon County 13.

For more information about COVID-19 news and treatments in this region, visit the PDHD Facebook page. Health care information can also be found there and at pennyrilehealth.org.