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Kentucky’s covid-19 response compares favorably to major border states according to recent data

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Kentucky compares favorably with major bordering states in dealing with the coronavirus, according to recent compilations of testing and case data.

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Among the six states, per person, Kentucky ranks second in the number of tests for the virus and is next to last in the number of reported cases, according to figures compiled by the Pegasus Institute, a Louisville free-market think tank.

“Total number of tests administered continues to be a very positive sign for Kentucky,” Jordan Harris of the Pegasus Institute wrote in an email. “In our region, only Illinois is completing more tests per 10,000 resident. This trend should be universally applauded and will hopefully only continue positive movement as tests continue to increase in availability. This allows us to have reasonable confidence tracking the virus in the commonwealth.”

Harris also wrote, “Kentucky’s curve remains relatively flat, as compared to our neighbors, despite increases in the total number of cases in the state. Our cases per 10,000 residents remains along the lowest in the region and despite a upward bend in recent days we have so far avoided the spike experienced by Illinois and Tennessee.”

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Perhaps addressing those who would give Gov. Andy Beshear credit for the differences, Harris wrote, “The upward bend in recent days likely represent infections that occurred between five and 10 days ago, based on what we know about the incubation period and the timing of test results, so recently reported contractions likely occurred before additional social distancing measures were implemented by Gov. Beshear.”

Stephanie Jolly of Lexington gave Beshear credit on a post on Twitter, which included an infographic with daily numbers and notes of actions by the two states’ governors. “This is what effective governance looks like,” she wrote. “Two states with similar demographics but vastly different responses. Linear vs exponential rates of growth. Quick and decisive leadership.”

From Kentucky Health News

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  1. Wanda Ousley says:

    Our governor for Kentucky has done a great job of taking care step by step in protecting us from the coronavirus I Thank you for doing a great job in keeping everyone informed and protecting your people and mine God bless you

  2. Carol Frazier says:

    I don’t think McCracken County, KY is factually reporting positive cases of COVID-19. To add, doctors order coronavirus test for a patient, the testing site defers and only processes testing for other upper respiratory viruses.

  3. Sherry Gayheart says:

    We will know if number testing is correct in a few days. If not correct, Kentucky’s numbers will skyrocket.

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