The Grayson County Health Department (GCHD) has released a coronavirus update.
The health department said Friday morning that 31 new cases of the virus have been confirmed since the department’s update on Tuesday. The newly reported cases increase Grayson County’s COVID-19 victim count to 828 since the onset of the pandemic (roughly one case per 32.6 residents).
Since October 27, the county has had 307 cases of the virus confirmed (13.3 per day), representing 37.1 percent of the 828 total cases since the onset of the pandemic about eight months ago.
The GCHD said there 114 people are “actively sick,” down two since Tuesday.
One new death was reported, raising Grayson County’s COVID-19 death toll to 23
The GCHD said 691 (83.5) percent) people have recovered from the virus.
Red zone roundup
According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Grayson County is averaging 51.4 daily cases of the virus per 100,000 residents over the last seven days, well above the 25 daily cases per 100,000 required to be considered in the “red zone,” indicating a “critical” spread of the virus.
With the exception of Butler County (21.1), all Grayson County’s neighbors are in the “red zone,” as well: Hardin (75.2), Hart (37.5), Edmonson (99.9), Ohio (36.3), and Breckinridge (30).
In fact, the entirety of western Kentucky is in the “red,” except for three counties, the aforementioned Butler, Allen (22.8) and Ballard (21.7).
Furthermore, 104 of Kentucky’s 120 counties are suffering a “critical” spread of COVID-19, with Lee County (683.1) posting the highest rate of occurrence in Kentucky over the last week ( primarily due to an outbreak at a medium security prison in the county).
Just behind Lee County are Owsley (161.8), Powell (123.7), Monroe (112.7), Marion (104.5), and Edmonson (99.9) counties, all of which have alarmingly high transmission rates during the previous week.
Graves County, the site of Grayson County High School football team’s first round playoff game on Friday night, has also experienced an explosion of cases, as the county has averaged 93.9 daily cases of the virus per 100,000 residents over the previous seven days.
By Ken Howlett, News Director
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