Darren Doyle, story:
While it's only a slight reduction, Edmonson County active COVID cases declined from last week's 31 to 29 known cases as of today, according to a press release from the Barren River District Health District.
With 209 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic, Edmonson County now has the lowest number of cases in the entire Barren River Health District. The death count in the county has remained at 12 since July; 10 of which were reported from Edmonson Center nursing home.
The week has been up and down for several KY counties according to Governor Beshear's reports on "red zone" areas. According to the KY Dept. of Health, counties are ranked in one of four categories to determine the severity of coronavirus in a particular county. This is called the 7-Day incidence rate, and is calculated by taking the total number of unique cases in each county over the past 7 days, divided by 7 to get a daily average, divided by the U.S. census bureau county population, and multiplied by 100,000 to get the incidence per 100,000 people.
They are ranked as follows from least to greatest of severity:
Edmonson County was listed in the red zone during the first part of week, despite having 2/10ths of one percent of the county's population with a known positive COVID case. The active case numbers have remained nearly the same all week long; however, today's incident rate for Edmonson County is listed at 8.2 per 100,000 people (yellow zone).
The numbers also showed 68 KY counties in the red zone with no counties shown in the green.
The BRDHD reported 12 recoveries since last Friday with 10 new cases in Edmonson County.