By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News
All but five of Kentucky’s 120 counties have a low risk of Covid-19 transmission, according to the latest federal risk map.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map, which is based on new corinavirus cases and Covid-19 hospital numbers, shows that the only Kentucky counties with a medium level of Covid-19 risk are Rowan, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan and Pike, shown in yellow on the map.
The CDC advises those in medium-risk counties, and those anywhere who are at high risk of getting very sick, to wear a well-fitting mask when indoors and in public; and to consider getting tested before having social contact with someone at high risk for getting very sick, and consider wearing a mask when indoors when you are with them.
Earlier in the week, the Times announced that after more than three years of daily reporting on the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in every county in the U.S., it will be ending its daily Covid data-gathering operation. The Times will continue to report virus data from the CDC weekly on a new set of tracking pages.
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map|
The CDC also provides a community level transmission map, largely used by health-care facilities and researchers, that shows the level of virus in each county, at one of four levels. The latest map shows five counties with a low level of transmission and 57 with a medium level; the rest are either substantial or high. The state says residents should take their guidance from the other map.