CDC map, adapted by Kentucky Health News
Kentucky Health News
The pandemic in Kentucky remains on a rough plateau, but it’s a high plateau.
Seventy of Kentucky’s 120 counties have a high level of Covid-19 risk and 38 have a medium level, with very little change in the last two weeks, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s risk map.
Only 12 counties show a low level of risk, and The New York Times ranks Kentucky’s seven-day new-case rate second among the states, so most Kentuckians still need to take some level of precaution to avoid the virus.
Last week, the CDC map, which is based on new coronavirus cases, hospital admissions and hospital capacity, showed 70 counties in orange, at high risk; 42 in yellow, at medium risk; and eight in green, at low risk.
In high-risk counties, the CDC recommends that you wear a well-fitting mask in public indoor spaces, and if you are at high risk of getting very sick, consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.
If you live in a medium or high-risk county, the CDC advises wearing a well-fitting mask when indoors and in public and to consider getting tested before having social contact with someone at high risk for getting very sick and consider wearing a mask when indoors when you are with them.
Some of the counties in which the risk of coronavirus grew in the past week were in Western Kentucky: Hickman, Ballard, McCracken, Graves, Livingston, Crittenden, Marshall and Lyon. Counties showing improvements included a cluster around Louisville that moved from orange to yellow, and a cluster around Christian County that moved from orange to green.
“Now is an important time for everybody that’s out there with any type of megaphone, whether that’s business leadership or running for office, to say very clearly that these new Omicron booster shots are safe, are effective, and people should get them. It’s part of our civic duty to protect one another,” Beshear said. “And the fastest way to get out of this pandemic — because we all want it to end — is for people to get out there and get boosted.”