A high number of new positive COVID-19 cases were reported in western Kentucky on Friday, just as several counties in the area entered into the state's Red Zone.
The Green River District Health Department (GRDHD), which oversees seven western Kentucky counties, said Friday that 100 new positive cases of the virus had been identified in its area between Tuesday and Thursday.
Here's where those 100 new cases were identified, according to GRDHD:
- Daviess County: 38 new positive cases
- Hancock County: 6 new positive cases
- Henderson County: 30 new positive cases
- McLean County: 7 new positive cases
- Ohio County: 6 new positive cases
- Union County: 2 new positive cases
- Webster County: 11 new positive cases
"Unfortunately we are seeing a substantial rise in our incidence of new COVID-19 cases,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “The best way to protect yourself and those you love is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, continue to wear a mask when in indoor public spaces.”
The latest data released by the Kentucky Department for Public Health shows Muhlenberg, Hopkins, and Webster counties now in the "Red Zone" on the state's COVID-19 Incidence Rate Map (indicating a critical rate of COVID-19 spread).
Those three counties show the highest rate of COVID-19 spread in the state in that order.
Here are the current COVID-19 totals for the seven counties within the GRDHD district:
As for Hopkins County, it's overseen by its own health department which doesn't release a daily COVID-19 update - but the Hopkins County Health Department has been reporting a high number of new positive cases in recent days, with an outbreak among children in the community being reported just Thursday.