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Kentucky COVID-19 positivity fee slowly climbing up

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT/Herald-Leader) — Kentucky’s COVID-19 positivity rate, once just 1.97% in early April, is slowly creeping back up to 9.35% on Monday, May 16.

According to reports from our news partners at the Lexington Herald-Leader, this marks the seventh straight week of rising positivity. The newspaper’s analysis showed an increase in cases but no exponential growth in cases due to the Omicron variant.

However, citing statistics from a study by the Brown University School of Public Health, the newspaper reported that of the 15,830 COVID-19 deaths through the end of April, 7,154 deaths, or 46%, could have been prevented by vaccination.

Most counties on the state’s community-level COVID-19 map remain green or low. However, most of the counties in the yellow or middle category are in eastern Kentucky, including Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike.

However, counties’ incidence rates are elevated, with most counties in eastern Kentucky falling into the yellow or orange categories.

Here you can see the latest statistics from the Kentucky Department of Health every Monday.

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