Kentucky COVID-19 incidence rate increasing, health officials ask Kentuckians to remain vigilant

Published: Feb. 26, 2021 at 1:36 PM EST
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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky’s overall COVID-19 incidence rate increased from more than 21 percent last week to more than 24 percent as of Friday morning.

“We have to remember where we were at last week with the snowstorms and the ice storms,” said Scott Lockard, Public Health Director of the Kentucky River District Health Department. “A lot of businesses were not working, a lot of people, if they were sick, could not get to transportation,” he added.

Last week, counties like Perry and Leslie were in the orange on the COVID-19 incident map.

“Perry County is at 34.9% from where it was last week at 23.3%,” said Lockard.

Lockard added the recent winter storms caused issues with testing and reporting. As people gathered for warmth, they could have spread the virus unknowingly.

“You have to do what you have to do in the event of an emergency,” said Lockard. “But we realize incidents like this can impact the good work we’re doing with COVID-19,” he added.

Two factors could be impacting numbers. Either they were underreported because of the winter weather or the state is really seeing an increase.

“This pandemic is still raging, we’re very excited that we have vaccines now and people are getting vaccinated,” added Lockard.

Even though the state is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases, Lockard reminded Kentuckians to continue to wear their masks and if you are quarantined, to follow those guidelines.

“This is just a stark reminder for us if we want to get out of this sooner rather than later, continue to do those things that are protecting us,” Lockard added. “We have to have a rededication of those efforts to keep ourselves, our neighbors, our friends and families safe,” he said.

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