15th COVID death reported
Two more deaths attributed to the coronavirus have been reported in Clark County.
On Thanksgiving Eve, the Clark County Health Department reported the county’s 14th COVID-related death. The deceased was a 90-year-old man.
On Monday, the Health Department reported the 15th local death, which involved a 75-year-old man.
There have been three deaths reported in barely more than a week.
On Nov. 19, the Health Department had reported “with a heavy heart” the death of another COVID-19 victim, a 32-year-old man.
That death was the first reported since July 12 when a resident of a long-term care facility was reported.
Nine of the 14 Clark County residents who have died and for whom COVID-19 has been a contributing factor have been Fountain Circle nursing home residents. The three most recent deaths all involved members of the community at large.
Clark County saw a huge increase in COVID-19 cases during November, according to data from the Health Department.
As of Monday, there had been 347 cases of the virus reported since Nov. 1.
November has had more than twice as many cases as the previous record month, which was October, when there were 164 cases reported.
The third highest month was August, when there were 137 cases reported.
November also saw the most cases reported in a single day, when there were 28 cases reported on Nov. 24.
As of Monday, there had been 959 cases reported locally since March.
With the rise in cases, Clark County remains in the state Department of Public Health’s COVID red zone, which is for communities with an incidence rate of 25 or more. As of Monday, Clark’s incidence rate was 41.75.
The seven-day incidence is calculated by taking the total number of unique cases in each county over the past seven days, divided by seven 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.
As of Sunday’s statewide COVID-19 incidence map, 115 of the state’s 120 counties were in the red zone. The remaining counties were all in the orange zone, which is for communities with an incidence rate of 10 to 25.
On Monday afternoon, the state’s COVID-19 website reported there had been 179,041 cases in the state since March, leading to 1,908 deaths.
According to the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s Nov. 22 report, Kentucky is in the red zone for cases. The Task Force’s red zone is for states with 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population. According to the report, 92 percent of all counties in the state have moderate or high levels of community transmission, with 70 percent having high levels of community transmission.
There have been more than 13.4 million cases in the U.S. and 62.8 million cases worldwide.
In the U.S., more than 267,000 deaths have been reported.
Worldwide, at least 40.2 million people have recovered and 1.46 million have died from complications of the virus.