Where should I wear a mask in KY? See the latest CDC data

No counties in Kentucky remain at low COVID-19 community levels Friday, and more than half are at high levels.

The move marks a change from last week, when only seven counties in Kentucky were rated low by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They have all since moved into the middle, according to the latest numbers from federal health officials.

As part of its weekly update, the CDC estimated the total at 80 counties, or 66% of Kentucky, at a high community level. This figure is unchanged from the previous week.

According to the CDC, a county’s community level of COVID-19 is determined by newly reported cases and hospital admissions for the coronavirus per 100,000 people in the previous seven-day period. The metric also takes into account hospital bed occupancy by COVID-19 patients using a seven-day average, with the aim of getting the actual impact the virus is having on local healthcare systems.

If you live in one of the upper counties, the CDC advises wearing a mask indoors in public, staying up to date on your vaccines, and getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

The following western Kentucky counties were considered to have high COVID-19 community levels, as of the July 28 update: Ballard, Caldwell, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyons, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Muhlenburg, Ohio, Trigg, Union and Webster.

Counties that fell into this category on the eastern half of the state include Barren, Bell, Boone, Boyd, Breathitt, Bullitt, Carroll, Carter, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Fayette, Floyd, Gallatin, Grant , Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Madison, Marion, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Nelson , Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Washington, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford.

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Kentucky COVID-19 Community Levels. Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention

The remaining counties in Kentucky were rated at average COVID-19 community levels.

According to CDC guidelines, people in mid-level counties are advised to wear a mask or take additional precautionary measures if they are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

The BA.5 variant of omicron, coupled with its cousin, BA.4, now accounts for about 95% of COVID-19 cases in the country, according to estimates released earlier this week by the CDC and reported by CBS News.

Every county in Kentucky — except for Hickman County — has been rated high for community transmission of COVID-19, a measure separate from community levels. Hickman County’s level of spread was still considered substantial.

State-Level COVID-19 Data

The state put Kentucky at a weekly positivity rate of just over 19%, up about a percentage point from last week.

As of July 25, 59 new deaths have been reported by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and 15,884 new cases.

Kentucky has a total of 16,352 deaths from COVID-19, according to the KDPH, since the start of the pandemic.

Coronavirus in Fayette County

In Fayette County, the positivity rate as of July 25 was 18.03%.

The weekly case rate per 100,000 people was 271.08. There were 21.5 new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 people and 5.5% of hospital beds were used by coronavirus patients.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is hosting several free COVID-19 vaccination clinics this weekend. Check out his Facebook page for more details. There is a gift card for those who get vaccinated.

Have a question about the coronavirus in Kentucky for our duty journalism team? We would love to hear from you. Complete our Know Your Kentucky form or email [email protected]

Aaron Mudd is a duty reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader based in Lexington, Kentucky. He previously worked for the Bowling Green Daily News covering K-12 and higher education. Aaron has roots in Fayette, Marion, and Warren counties in Kentucky.
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