Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Kentucky

Published 11:45 am Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates 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 Sep. 14 had reached662,778 COVID-19-related deaths and 41.2 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of Feb. 2, more Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19 than had been infected. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came. More than 80% of these cases by late July were caused by the Delta variant, which is more contagious than the original virus. This has resulted in growing rates of community transmission and—especially in counties with lower vaccination rates—increasing rates of hospitalization and death.

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 infection rate per 100k residents within the past week as of Sep. 13, 2021. Cumulative cases per 100k served as a tiebreaker Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 infection rates in your state.

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#50. Henry County, KY

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 750 (121 new cases, -8% change from previous week)

– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,066 (2,107 total cases)

— 5.9% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 130 (21 total deaths)

— 27.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky

– Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.0% (7,736 fully vaccinated)

— 4.4% lower vaccination rate than Kentucky

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#49. Washington County, KY

– New cases per 100k in the past week: 752 (91 new cases, -13% change from previous week)