Where do I need a mask in KY? See the latest CDC COVID-19 data

Kentucky added 10,499 new reported cases of COVID-19 last week and saw a drop in its positivity ratewhich fell between 15% and 20%, according to new figures released Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s a decrease from the previous week, when the positivity rate ranged from 20% to 25%, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker. This rate reflects positive tests out of the total tests recorded during the period.

On Friday, there were more counties in Kentucky at a low COVID-19 community level, now at 12 statewide.

Kentucky’s lowest counties include Bracken, Breckinridge, Caldwell, Calloway, Christian, Grayson, Henderson, Mason, Meade, Todd, Trigg, and Trimble counties.

Additionally, 37 counties are at a medium level and 71 are at a high level, where the CDC recommends wearing a mask in indoor public places.

Kentucky_COVID-19_Community_Levels (9).png
A look at Kentucky’s COVID-19 community levels, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Statewide, there have been 66 additional deaths from COVID-19, the CDC reported Thursday.

In Fayette County, the positivity rate fell by half a percentage point compared to the previous week, standing at 17.84% on Thursday.

Fayette and all adjacent counties remain among the 71 at a high community level.

The CDC assesses community levels by looking at the following factors:

  1. New cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population (seven-day total)

  2. New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (seven-day total)

  3. Percentage of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (seven-day average)

According to the CDC, when the community level is high, individuals should wear a good mask or respirator and consider limiting indoor activities if you are high risk.

People at medium to high risk should wear masks in indoor public places. Vaccinations and testing if symptoms appear are universal recommendations.

Hoping to encourage more Kentuckians to renew their immunity against COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear promises that he and his family will receive updated boosters for fast-spreading omicron strains.

“My whole family is going to get this reminder. My children, 12 and 13 (years old), will be getting this reminder. It is safe, and it will protect us, or protect us better, from the variant that exists now,” Beshear said at his weekly press conference Thursday in Frankfurt.

Updated reminders are recommended for anyone aged 12 and over who received their last dose at least two months ago. Many local health care providers are preparing to distribute them as soon as they are received.

“It doesn’t matter if you got three hits or four hits, you gotta get this one,” Beshear said.

Locations and appointments are available online at vaccines.gov.

Do you have a question about COVID-19 in Kentucky for our duty journalism team? We would love to hear from you. Complete our Know Your Kentucky form or email ask@herald-leader.com.

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.
Support my work with a digital subscription

Comments are closed.