NKY all yellow in COVID-19 incident rate map; first time since October

The plunging case rates in Northern Kentucky mirror a statewide trend in falling cases of COVID-19. .

Gov. Beshear updates vaccine rollout, COVID-19 response in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - All Northern Kentucky counties are ‘yellow’ in the state’s incident rate map for the first time since October 2.

Counties labeled ‘yellow’ have fewer than 10 daily new cases per 100,000 residents over the previous seven days.

Kentucky’s current incident rate map is provided below, followed by the incident rate map from Jan. 9, at the height of the state’s post-holiday surge.

The statewide COVID update continues beneath the maps.

Kentucky COVID-19 incident rate map March 22.
Kentucky COVID-19 incident rate map March 22. (Source: Kentucky Department of Public Health)
Kentucky COVID-19 incident rate map January 9.
Kentucky COVID-19 incident rate map January 9. (Source: Kentucky Department of Public Health)

As cases have plateaued in other states, cases continue to fall — now for a tenth consecutive week — in Kentucky.

Gov. Andy Beshear credited the continued decline to measures taken before Thanksgiving, which flattened out the holiday and post-holiday curve by breaking up transmission chains in the sensitive initial moments of the surge.

On Monday the governor announced 294 newly confirmed cases, a 2.93 percent positivity rate and 11 new deaths, none of which are from March.

Currently there are 79 active cases among residents of long-term care facilities and 91 active cases among LTC staff. Monday Kentucky recorded just two new resident cases and five new staff cases, numbers the governor said were the lowest he could remember.

Hospitalization numbers also continue to fall.

Currently 434 Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 95 are in ICUs and 63 are on ventilators.

Starting Monday, all Kentuckians 50 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. Beshear said other age groups may be eligible sooner than expected if the speed of vaccinations continues as it has so far.

A total of 1,174,374 Kentuckians have received at least one vaccine dose, from an adult population of around 3,554,000.

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