Kentucky Health News
AAll of Kentucky’s Covid-19 metrics continued to rise last week, with new cases up 24%, with a higher share of them among young people and a sharp rise in the most critical hospital cases. .
As Governor Andy Beshear said repeatedly last week as he encouraged Kentuckians to get vaccinated and boosted during his weekly press conference, “There’s just a lot of Covid out there.”
Figures for the Monday to Sunday reporting period showed 15,884 new cases, an average of 2,269 per day. The previous week there were 1,828 new cases.
The report said 2,858 of new cases last week, or 18%, were in people aged 18 and under. This percentage is higher than in recent weeks and comes just as schools are preparing to start.
Already, Jefferson County Public Schools are requiring masks for anyone who enters a JCPS building or bus, regardless of their vaccination status. District officials said in a letter to families and JCPS staff that masking will be required until the county is no longer in the red zone, and that the district will review this policy at the end of each week. reports the WDRB.
In an email to staff, Fayette County Public Schools District officials said their ‘It’s OK anyway’ mask policy will remain in place, but all employees are encouraged to be completely vaccinated and strengthened and taking precautions, Valarie Honeycutt Spears reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Some Fayette County teachers have expressed concern that an upcoming mandatory event for all Rupp Arena District employees will spread Covid-19 if they are not required to wear masks, Honeycutt Spears reports. Fayette County is also a red county on the federal risk map.
The statewide case incidence rate rose to 42.88 cases per 100,000 population from 37.75 the previous week. The top 10 counties were Perry, 109.3; Clinton, 102.1; Floyd, 89.9; Union, 89.4; Knott, 87.8; Letcher, 80.2; Adair, 73.7; green, 71.8; Powell, 69.4; and Elliott, 68.4.
The New York Times ranks Kentucky’s case incidence rate ninth among states, with a 33% increase in cases over the past 14 days.
“Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all higher than they have been at almost any time this summer as the BA.5 variant continues to spread across the United States,” reports the Times. .
The share of Kentuckians testing positive for the coronavirus rose from 17.7% to 19.1%, but the true percentage is likely much higher because it does not take into account the large and unknown number of people who have used tests at residence.
Kentucky’s Covid-19 hospital count remains relatively low in terms of the pandemic, but continues to rise. Last week’s report shows 598 patients were hospitalized with Covid-19 on Sunday, an increase of 11; the number of Covid patients in intensive care rose by six, to 84. Hospitals reported 33 Covid-19 patients requiring mechanical ventilation, a sharp increase from 18 the previous week.
The state attributed 59 additional deaths to Covid-19 last week, an average of 8.4 per day. The week before, there were 49 deaths, or 7 per day. The state’s pandemic death toll stands at 16,352.