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With many Ky. counties at high COVID-19 level, governor hopes for plateau in new cases

Aaron Mudd, Lexington Herald-Leader on

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The vast majority of Kentucky counties remain at medium or high COVID-19 community levels under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest update, but with a growing number of counties at low levels, it could mean the upsurge in cases is cresting in the Bluegrass State.

That was one takeaway from Gov. Andy Beshear’s weekly update Thursday about where Kentucky stands with coronavirus spread.

As of Thursday’s CDC update, about 80 counties in Kentucky are considered at high COVID-19 community levels, meaning people in those communities should mask up when they’re in public and indoors.

“The map is still pretty rough,” Beshear said, referring to a CDC map of Kentucky’s counties and their respective community levels.

The metric gauges how COVID-19 is currently affecting hospitalizations and more. It looks at new cases per 100,000 people, additional hospital admissions for COVID-19 for every 100,000 people (both seven-day totals) and the percentage of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (a seven-day average).

COVID-19 in Fayette County


Fayette County retained its high COVID-19 community level with Thursday’s update, consistent with where it stood the prior week.

The county reported 676 new cases since last week, according to CDC data.

The positivity rate remained at 16.25%, and there were 4,503 tests performed between Aug. 5 and Thursday.

COVID-19 in Kentucky


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