CDC releases community-level map showing Kentucky has more counties in red/yellow zones than green

By Tom Lateck
kentucky today

For the first time since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began publishing its COVID Community Levels maps in April, Kentucky has more counties in the red or yellow categories than those in the green.

The map, which was posted on the state’s COVID-19 website, shows 43 Kentucky counties in red, or high, 35 in yellow, or medium, and 42 in green, meaning low.

According to the CDC, the COVID-19 Community Levels, which they began using in March, are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention measures to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds used, hospital admissions and the total number of new cases in an area. They urge people to take precautions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 based on the community level in your area.

While residents of counties at all three levels, green, yellow and red, are urged to stay up to date on COVID vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19, residents of yellow counties who have a high risk of serious illness, should ask their healthcare provider if they should wear a mask and take other precautions.

For those in red counties, take the same precautions as residents of green or yellow counties, but in addition, they are asked to wear a mask in indoor public places.

The state’s latest weekly numbers, which are released on Mondays, show there have been 1,398,705 positive cases of COVID-19 since the first was confirmed in Kentucky on March 6, 2020. That equates to a just over 31% of Kentucky’s total population. . There have also been 15,114 COVID-related deaths.

Gov. Andy Beshear continues to offer this advice: “The best thing anyone can do is get vaccinated. We still see huge benefits in terms of overall results if you are vaccinated, compared to unvaccinated. Please, if you have not been vaccinated, if you have not received your first booster, if you are over 50 and have not received your second booster, go and get it.

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