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By Al Cross
Kentucky Health News
The number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 in Kentucky has risen 400 percent in the last month and has risen for 26 consecutive days. So has the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care, which has increased by 387% in the last month.
Hospital numbers don’t get as much attention as new case numbers, but the governor does. Andy Beshear has said that the number and severity of hospital cases will be more important as he considers possible emergency measures to thwart the spread of the most contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
The state reported 1,301 new cases on Monday, raising the seven-day moving average to 2,054. That is more than 800% higher than a month ago. The infection rate in seven days is 43.83 per 100,000 inhabitants; counties with rates more than twice that of Clay, 134.2; Webster, 99.3; Logan, 95.4; Hart, 90.8; and Laurel, 90.2.
The report brought the state’s total number of cases to more than 500,000.
Covid-19 hospitalizations and intensive care cases continued to rise at higher rates than new virus cases. Kentucky hospitals on Monday reported 1,139 Covid-19 patients, 331 of them in intensive care and 158 of those receiving ventilation.
The deaths begin to increase. The state reported seven more deaths from Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the total to 7,387. During the last seven days, there have been 5.6 deaths per day; 10 days ago, it was 3.1.
The only encouraging statistics over the weekend were vaccinations. The state reported 21,665 doses reported on August 7, the most since June 17. That brought the seven-day average to 11,957, the highest since June 23.
The state has moved up in The Washington PostThe forecast of when states will vaccinate 70 percent of adults. At the current rate, that is expected to happen later this month. In mid-July, that was not expected to happen until early December. If the current forecast holds, Kentucky would be the 25th state to reach 70%.
Kentucky ranks ahead of all its border states except Illinois in the percentage of the population that has received at least one dose of vaccine. It ranks just behind Ohio and Illinois in the percentage that is fully vaccinated.