Kentucky reported 2,940 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 7.4% from the previous week. The previous week had 3,174 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Kentucky ranked 26th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 57.1% from the week before, with 351,599 cases reported. With 1.34% of the country’s population, Kentucky had 0.84% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 42 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Henderson County reported 33 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 40 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 13,885 cases and 163 deaths.
Union County reported three cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported two cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,337 cases and 57 deaths.
Webster County reported minus three cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported four cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 3,905 cases and 48 deaths.
Across Kentucky, cases fell in 52 counties, with the best declines in Laurel County, with 147 cases from 368 a week earlier; in Calloway County, with 10 cases from 164; and in Bullitt County, with 50 cases from 171.
Kentucky ranked 38th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 66.1% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Kentucky reported administering another 26,755 vaccine doses, including 3,179 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 39,229 vaccine doses, including 4,403 first doses. In all, Kentucky reported it has administered 6,501,023 total doses.
Within Kentucky, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Elliott County with 958 cases per 100,000 per week; Montgomery County with 476; and Menifee County with 462. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Jefferson County, with 524 cases; Fayette County, with 226 cases; and Kenton County, with 205. Weekly case counts rose in 60 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Jefferson, Clark and Campbell counties.
In Kentucky, 101 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 113 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,325,064 people in Kentucky have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 15,375 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 80,984,914 people have tested positive and 991,254 people have died.
Kentucky’s COVID-19 hospital admissions staying flat
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, April 24.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 596
- The week before that: 591
- Four weeks ago: 694
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 40,571
- The week before that: 37,500
- Four weeks ago: 39,316
Hospitals in 37 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 25 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 42 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
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