Current COVID-19 facts:
On June 25, the state of Kentucky’s positivity rate had dipped to 1.79 percent. Today, July 19, it has shot back up to 4.49 percent.
Three nearby counties (Webster, Hopkins and Muhlenberg) are back in the Red category (critical number of cases per 100K population); Henderson County has shot back up into Orange (accelerated number.)
On Friday, the CDC reported that for the first time since January, COVID-19 cases are back on the rise in all 50 states.
The CDC has now labeled the COVID crisis “a pandemic of the unvaccinated” because 98 to 99 percent of recent deaths involve unvaccinated people.
Yale Medicine reports that the fast-spreading and highly contagious Delta variant is now the dominant strain. Yale doctors say that anyone who is unvaccinated and not practicing preventive strategies is at risk for infection from Delta.
To decide whether to get vaccinated, if you haven’t already (and 50 percent of Kentuckians have), consult your trusted medical experts, not the rumor mill.
Here are 5 things to know about the Delta variant from Yale Medicine: