Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Kentucky

Published 5:07 am Thursday, July 22, 2021

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Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Kentucky

The United States by July 21 had reached 609,563 deaths due to COVID-19 and more than 34.1 million 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 infection rates in Kentucky using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the highest cumulative infection rate per 100k residents as of July 19, 2021.

As has been true throughout America’s COVID-19 history, every state—and even every county—has its own COVID-19 story, driven by local policies and behaviors. Keep reading to see where infection rates are highest in your home state.

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#50. Muhlenberg County

– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,398 (3,184 total cases)

— 6.3% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 216 (66 new cases, +94% change from previous week)

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 222 (68 total deaths)

— 24.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 2.5% (145 fully vaccinated)

— 94.2% lower vaccination rate than Kentucky

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#49. Madison County

– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,410 (9,680 total cases)

— 6.2% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 70 (65 new cases, +210% change from previous week)

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 120 (112 total deaths)

— 32.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.1% (234,569 fully vaccinated)

— 25.5% higher vaccination rate than Kentucky

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#48. Lewis County

– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,508 (1,395 total cases)

— 5.3% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 211 (28 new cases, +1,300% change from previous week)

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 309 (41 total deaths)

— 73.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 30.0% (10,698 fully vaccinated)

— 30.4% lower vaccination rate than Kentucky

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#47. Cumberland County

– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,538 (697 total cases)

— 5.1% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky

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

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 181 (12 total deaths)

— 1.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 32.2% (23,096 fully vaccinated)

— 25.3% lower vaccination rate than Kentucky

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#46. Russell County

– Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,567 (1,894 total cases)

— 4.8% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 17 (3 new cases, 0% change from previous week)

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 257 (46 total deaths)

— 44.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 22.6% (795 fully vaccinated)

— 47.6% lower vaccination rate than KentuckyYou may also like: Most popular boy names in the 60s in Kentucky