COVID Report: Total KY Deaths Higher Than Ft. Mitchell Population, Slight Increase in Hospitalizations

By Tom Latek
kentucky today

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky has fallen over the past seven days, according to the weekly report released this week, but several other measures, including deaths, have seen an increase.

A total of 14,409 new cases were reported to state public health officials over the past week, down from the 15,652 recorded on Aug. 8.

This brings the total number of positive cases in Kentucky to 1,506,741 since the first was reported in Harrison County on April 6, 2020.

Thirty-two counties had more than 100 cases, one less than the previous week. The 10 counties with the most were: Jefferson 1,888, Fayette 605, Hardin 406, Warren 330, Daviess 267, Kenton 258, Madison 223, Laurel 203, McCreary 186 and Harlan 174.

Kentucky’s positivity rate, which measures the reporting of positive results from all tests performed, stood at 18.51% in the Aug. 15 report. This represents an increase of 0.1% from last week and an increase of 0.62% from two weeks ago.

There were 76 new deaths this week, compared to 67 last week and 45 in the August 1 report. Kentucky’s total death toll since the pandemic began now stands at 16,540, or 205 more than Fort’s population. Mitchell and about 260 less than the total population of Danville.

The census of hospitals showed a slight decrease. There were 615 Kentuckians hospitalized, up from 623 last week. Of those currently hospitalized, 74 were in an intensive care unit and 27 on ventilators. Both numbers were the same as last week.

In the weekly COVID community levels map released last Friday, 79 counties in Kentucky were in the red, signifying a high level of COVID, down one from the previous week. Thirty were in the yellow zone, which signifies a medium level, while 11 were in the green, which represents a low community level.

The community levels map is designed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help individuals and communities decide what preventive measures to take based on hospitalizations and cases.

For more details and guidance, depending on your county’s community level, go to the state’s COVID-19 website.