COVID numbers keep dropping

SUN STAFF REPORT

COVID-19 numbers have continued to decline across the state, including here in Clark County.

For the third week, Kentucky’s coronavirus infection rate has declined.

The Clark County Health Department reported Friday that it had 229 active COVID cases, including 10 new ones reported that day. The county’s incidence rate —the number of infections per 100,000 population — on Friday was 43.7 percent, which is still in the critical or red zone, but significantly lower than it was right after the holidays.

On Thursday, there were 22 new infections, and the incidence rate was 46.09 percent.

Eighteen people in the county have died of the disease, and 1,914 have recovered.

On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positive test rate has declined to 8.75 percent.

“Our declining positivity rate shows that Kentuckians are continuing to make those small sacrifices we’ve been talking about all year in order to protect each other until we get enough vaccines for everyone who wants one,” Beshear said in statement.

Gov. Beshear reported the following there were 2,608 new cases in Kentucky as of 4 p.m. and 57 new deaths reported from COVID.

There were 1,505 hospitalized in Kentucky Friday with the disease, including 355 in intensive care and 199 on ventilators.

In all, 3,668 Kentuckians have died of the disease.

Daily local  updates are available by calling the Clark County Vaccine Information Line at 859-745-7995.

People may register with the Health Department to get on the wait list for COVID vaccination by visiting this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LNYF2J6.

Or they may email: ClarkHDDoc@ky.gov

Those who have already called or emailed the Health Department to be added to the wait list are asked not to register again.

About Randy Patrick

Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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