Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Kentucky

Published 11:11 am Thursday, July 15, 2021

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Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Kentucky

As has been true throughout America’s COVID-19 history, every state—and every county therein—has its own COVID-19 story, driven by local policies and behaviors. The United States as of July 14 had reached 608,013 COVID-19-related deaths and nearly 34 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Amid the grim numbers come two bright spots: As of Feb. 2, more Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19 than had been infected; and since then, rolling averages for case counts and deaths have been on the decline.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 death rates in Kentucky using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the highest death rate per 100k residents as of July 8, 2021. Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 death rates in your state.

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#50. Carroll County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 198 (21 total deaths)

— 22.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky

— #1,463 highest rate among all counties nationwide

– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)

– Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,820 (1,044 total cases)

— 5.9% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 28 (3 new cases, 0% change from previous week)

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#49. McCracken County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 205 (134 total deaths)

— 26.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky

— #1,391 highest rate among all counties nationwide

– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.5 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)

– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,665 (6,977 total cases)