Webster County Returns to Kentucky's 'Red' COVID-19 Status

In western Kentucky, Webster County has re-entered the state health department's 'Red' COVID-19 status, classifying it as the only county in the Bluegrass State with a 'critical' coronavirus incidence rate.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 8:22 AM
Updated: Jun 10, 2021 7:49 AM

The Kentucky Department for Public Health currently shows Webster County as a "Red" county on its COVID-19 Incidence Rate map.

According to the state health department's map, Webster County is currently averaging 30.9 new daily cases per 100,000 population (based on the last seven days). A county needs an average of 25 new daily cases to be classified as red.

This makes Webster County the only "Red" county in the state, indicating a critical COVID-19 incidence rate in the county, according to the state health department's map.

(Image Source): KDPH Website

The map seen above is current as of the state health department's Tuesday, June 8 report. On that same day, Webster County saw 18 new positive cases of COVID-19 and one new COVID-19 death, according to the Green River District Health Department.

But some Webster County residents aren't too concerned about the growing numbers.

“Maybe if half the population of Webster County came down with it, then I’d be concerned, but right now, I’m just not concerned," said Kimberly McLachlan. "I’m stage four cancer, and I don’t worry about it.”

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's "Red Zone Recommendations" are still listed on the state health department's website for Kentucky counties in the Red.

Those recommendations suggest counties in the red take several steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as not holding events or gatherings of any size, avoiding non-essential activities, and more.

Above all, the Kentucky governor has pushed the COVID-19 vaccine as the most effective way to slow the spread of the virus. 2,091,572 total Kentuckians (47% of the state's population) have now received the vaccine to date.

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