By Tom Latek
It was another week of mixed results in the weekly COVID-19 report released Monday by the Kentucky Department of Public Health, as some indicators rose while others saw declines.
The number of new cases reported to state public health officials for the period ending Nov. 27 was 3,866, a significant drop from the 6,746 reported a week ago. The number of new cases under the age of 18 also decreased compared to last week, falling from 969 to 496.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kentucky now stands at 1,635,010 since the first one was reported on March 6, 2020.
Five counties reported 100 or more new cases in the past week. The top ten counties are: Jefferson with 881, Fayette 165, Warren 127, Hardin 118, Kenton 115, Boone 84, Daviess 78, Campbell 68, Bullitt 66, and Madison 52.
Public health officials say the number of positive cases could be understated, because many people who have positive results from home tests are not reported to state public health officials, if they do not need medical treatment or are asymptomatic. Some numbers may be lower due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The number of new deaths related to COVID over the past week was 43, down from last week’s 49. There have now been 17,502 deaths in Kentucky since the start of the pandemic.
After three weeks of continuous decline, Kentucky’s positive rate, based on the number of positive results from all COVID tests increased to 7.03%, from last week’s 6.73%, but still below the level from two weeks ago.
The general hospital census is up, compared to a week ago. There are currently 281 Kentuckians hospitalized, compared to last week’s 250. Those in the ICU increased from 35 to 40, while ventilator use decreased from 14 to 9.
The Community Level Map of COVID, which was created from data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC; district rates are low, medium, or high community levels; with green, yellow or red color.
According to the November 25 report, 102 districts are in green, with 15 yellow and three others red. Last week, there were 110 green and ten more yellow, with no red districts.
For more information on Kentucky’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, at the community level and more, visit the state website, kycovid19.ky.gov.