Coronavirus case numbers increase; the positive test rate is up to 5.7%

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Kentucky Health News chart, from initial unadjusted daily reports

by Al Cross
Kentucky Health News

All major indicators of the pandemic went the wrong way in Kentucky on Tuesday, threatening to move the state from its rugged plateau and into a more risky environment with cold weather and holidays looming.

The state reported 1,802 new coronavirus cases, the highest in 20 days, increasing the seven-day moving average by 6.6%, to 1,239.

The share of Kentuckians who tested positive for the virus in the past seven days increased by 0.26 percentage points, to 5.7%, the highest in 16 days. Fewer tests, suggested as a possible reason for the recent hikes, doesn’t seem to be a factor on Tuesday, as a typical number of tests were reported recently.

The seven-day infection rate rose to 22.75 cases per day per 100,000 residents, the highest in 10 days. The counties with more than double the rates were Robertson, 74.5; Powell, 70.5; Concession, 49.6; and Carroll, 47.

In an indication that rates will rise again, Jefferson County health officials said their daily infection rate is now 31 per 100,000. When the state reporting reaches, it will report the state’s most populous county in red on the state map, for counties with “high” transmission rates of over 25 per 100,000.

“Health officials said they were unable to pinpoint an exact cause, but they mentioned both Halloween celebrations and fall vacation trips as possible factors,” relationships Breya Jones of WFPL.

The state reported 43 more deaths from Covid-19, bringing the pandemic toll to 10,062. One of the dead was only 11, according to a post in Gov. Andy Beshear’s Facebook page.

Other lagged indicators of the pandemic were declining. Kentucky hospitals reported 669 Covid-19 patients, 18 fewer than Monday, with 171 in intensive care (25 fewer) and 111 on mechanical ventilation (10 fewer).

Only six of the state’s 10 hospital emergency response regions reported more than 80% of their ICU beds occupied, and only two of them exceeded 90%: the Bluegrass, at 90.46%, and the Barren River, at 93.42%.

In other pandemic news, Pfizer she asked the federal government for permission to make her booster available to all adults.

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