COVID-19 cases

Facebook/Warren County Regional Jail

When the first coronavirus cases were reported last year, Warren County, Kentucky, Jailer Stephen Harmon knew there was going to be a COVID-19 outbreak in his jail. It was just a matter of when.  

“We tried our best to keep it from happening,” he said. “However with this many people in a fairly small spot, we knew that that was going to happen at some point so we responded to it as best we could.” 

New cleaning regimens and masks helped the jail prevent an outbreak until December, when Harmon’s prediction came true. More than 300 inmates and about 45 staffers tested positive before the outbreak was contained. 

 

  

Kentucky Hospital Association

As the third wave of COVID-19 continues to infect people, new data shows that many hospitals in the Ohio Valley are under strain, running short of bed space, especially for the most critically ill. The following graphs show how the pandemic is affecting hospital capacity in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. (The story continues below)

Alexandra Kanik

The Ohio Valley ReSource has expanded its COVID Data Tracker to include more measures to help you better understand the spread of coronavirus in Kentucky, including the number of people hospitalized due to the virus and the amount of coronavirus testing being done.

The data tracker we launched in April provided daily updates on the number of positive cases and deaths, a 7-day average trend line on cases, and a snapshot of each county’s cases along with the key health measures of a county that can make people more vulnerable to the worst effects of the virus. That is still available at this site.    

The new data tracker adds to that by providing new interactive graphics, including this one on hospitalizations and people in intensive care units due to COVID-19.

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource

In the last weeks of October, parts of the Ohio Valley saw coronavirus records broken almost every day. In the Ohio Valley, Kentucky and Ohio set new records for hospitalizations due to COVID-19, and Kentuckyreported the most positive cases in a single week since the pandemic began — 9,335. West Virginia, which has been insulated from the worst of the pandemic also saw a surge in cases.

The Governors of Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky have pleaded with people to stop the spread of the virus, wear masks and social distance. During press briefings, all the governors repeatedly warned that more cases could lead to more restrictions. 

“We just can't do it twice — or we certainly don't want to do it twice,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Tuesday when asked about another shut down. DeWine said that if counties and cities don’t do their part to fight the spread then, “We will be shut down because the spread will be so bad.”