COVID-19 still a danger on a local level

In a press release from Oct. 30, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department says they’ve experienced a 340 percent increase in COVID-19 cases since July.

 The COVID-19 incidence rate in Meade County is currently 24. The seven-day incidence is calculated by taking the total number of unique cases in each county over the past 7 days, divided by 7 to get a daily average, divided by the U.S. census bureau county population, and multiplied by 100,000 to get the incidence per 100,000 people. This earns Meade County the “Accelerated” label on the state case graphic and puts it one increase away from the “Critical” label, a label which every other county in the District other than Breckenridge has been given.

 Last week, when the incidence rate for the county was “Critical”, students did not attend in-person instruction, instead utilizing their NTI program.

 On Oct. 30, Kentucky had the 21st highest incidence rate in the country. On that same date, 68 of Kentucky’s 120 counties were “Critical” on the incidence map. October ended with the highest number of cases reported in a single month to date. Gov. Andy Beshear said on Sunday that this past week had more positive cases than any week since the pandemic began. Positivity rate for Kentucky on a seven-day rolling average is now at 6.14 percent.

 “The numbers are a testament that COVID-19 is spreading throughout our counties at very high levels,” the LTDHD said in their press release.

 The press release also advised that the rise in cases has put a tremendous strain on public health resources and, thus, delayed the initiation of contact investigations.

 “If you are a confirmed case or a close contact, it could be several days before you receive a phone call,” according to the release.

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