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January 27, 2022

Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Kentucky

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Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Kentucky

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely. Early research suggests this strain may cause less severe illness than Delta and the original virus, however, health officials have warned an Omicron-driven surge could still increase hospitalization and death rates—especially in areas with less vaccinated populations.

The United States as of Jan. 12 reached 842,461 COVID-19-related deaths and 62.3 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 62.6% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 36.7% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest cumulative COVID-19 death rates in Kentucky using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the highest death rate per 100,000 residents as of Jan. 11, 2021.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 death rates in your state.

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#50. Carroll County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 357 (38 total deaths)
— 28.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #1,082 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 28.2 (3 new deaths, +200% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,573 (2,506 total cases)
— 12.9% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,213 (129 new cases, +187% change from previous week)

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#49. Russell County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 357 (64 total deaths)
— 28.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #1,079 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 11.2 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,208 (4,518 total cases)
— 20.8% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 692 (124 new cases, +57% change from previous week)

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#48. Wayne County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 364 (74 total deaths)
— 30.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #1,033 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.9 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,881 (3,839 total cases)
— 9.5% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 389 (79 new cases, -1% change from previous week)

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#47. Logan County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 365 (99 total deaths)
— 31.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #1,017 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.7 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,401 (6,071 total cases)
— 7.3% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,048 (284 new cases, +52% change from previous week)

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#46. Johnson County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 370 (82 total deaths)
— 33.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #979 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 13.5 (3 new deaths, +200% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,384 (4,301 total cases)
— 7.1% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 464 (103 new cases, +61% change from previous week)

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#45. Breathitt County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 372 (47 total deaths)
— 33.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #969 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,987 (2,398 total cases)
— 9.0% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 721 (91 new cases, +52% change from previous week)

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#44. Leslie County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 375 (37 total deaths)
— 34.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #953 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,544 (2,523 total cases)
— 22.4% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 466 (46 new cases, -6% change from previous week)

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#43. Graves County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 376 (140 total deaths)
— 35.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #945 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,581 (8,415 total cases)
— 8.2% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 698 (260 new cases, +8% change from previous week)

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#42. Lyon County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 378 (31 total deaths)
— 36.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #932 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 24.4 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,200 (2,151 total cases)
— 25.5% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 341 (28 new cases, +12% change from previous week)

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#41. Ohio County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 379 (91 total deaths)
— 36.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #918 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,051 (5,291 total cases)
— 5.6% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 879 (211 new cases, +99% change from previous week)

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#40. McCreary County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 383 (66 total deaths)
— 37.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #894 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,934 (4,124 total cases)
— 14.7% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 226 (39 new cases, +22% change from previous week)

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#39. Casey County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 384 (62 total deaths)
— 38.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #886 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,955 (3,063 total cases)
— 9.2% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 347 (56 new cases, +81% change from previous week)

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#38. Fulton County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 385 (23 total deaths)
— 38.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #879 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,312 (914 total cases)
— 26.6% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 586 (35 new cases, +289% change from previous week)

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#37. Whitley County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 392 (142 total deaths)
— 41.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #833 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,909 (10,121 total cases)
— 33.7% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 709 (257 new cases, +53% change from previous week)

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#36. Boyle County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 393 (118 total deaths)
— 41.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #829 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.7 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,692 (6,220 total cases)
— 0.9% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 665 (200 new cases, +75% change from previous week)

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#35. Larue County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 396 (57 total deaths)
— 42.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #813 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,058 (2,744 total cases)
— 8.7% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 660 (95 new cases, +86% change from previous week)

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#34. Pike County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 396 (229 total deaths)
— 42.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #805 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.5 (2 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,268 (12,888 total cases)
— 6.7% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,018 (589 new cases, +85% change from previous week)

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#33. Simpson County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 398 (74 total deaths)
— 43.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #793 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.4 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,189 (4,121 total cases)
— 6.3% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,265 (235 new cases, +46% change from previous week)

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#32. Nicholas County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 399 (29 total deaths)
— 43.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #787 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,590 (1,424 total cases)
— 6.1% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 743 (54 new cases, +59% change from previous week)

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#31. Allen County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 399 (85 total deaths)
— 43.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #783 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 9.4 (2 new deaths, -33% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,712 (4,628 total cases)
— 4.0% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 915 (195 new cases, +28% change from previous week)

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#30. Letcher County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 399 (86 total deaths)
— 43.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #782 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,900 (4,720 total cases)
— 4.9% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 580 (125 new cases, -11% change from previous week)

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#29. Taylor County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 400 (103 total deaths)
— 43.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #769 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.9 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,845 (6,660 total cases)
— 23.8% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 706 (182 new cases, +34% change from previous week)

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#28. Clinton County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 401 (41 total deaths)
— 44.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #764 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,073 (2,562 total cases)
— 20.1% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 480 (49 new cases, +40% change from previous week)

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#27. Grayson County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 412 (109 total deaths)
— 48.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #684 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.8 (1 new deaths, -67% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,217 (5,607 total cases)
— 1.6% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 545 (144 new cases, +21% change from previous week)

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#26. Menifee County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 416 (27 total deaths)
— 49.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #658 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 15.4 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,106 (1,110 total cases)
— 18.0% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 216 (14 new cases, +8% change from previous week)

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#25. Floyd County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 416 (148 total deaths)
— 49.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #652 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.6 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,712 (8,439 total cases)
— 13.6% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 686 (244 new cases, +39% change from previous week)

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#24. Barren County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 418 (185 total deaths)
— 50.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #641 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.8 (3 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,826 (9,658 total cases)
— 4.6% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 628 (278 new cases, +19% change from previous week)

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#23. Caldwell County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 424 (54 total deaths)
— 52.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #603 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,374 (2,852 total cases)
— 7.2% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 808 (103 new cases, +49% change from previous week)

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#22. Mercer County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 429 (94 total deaths)
— 54.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #574 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,845 (5,230 total cases)
— 14.2% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 898 (197 new cases, +52% change from previous week)

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#21. Washington County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 438 (53 total deaths)
— 57.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #523 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.3 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,936 (2,895 total cases)
— 14.7% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,240 (150 new cases, +105% change from previous week)

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#20. Lincoln County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 440 (108 total deaths)
— 58.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #514 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,915 (4,889 total cases)
— 4.6% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 542 (133 new cases, +64% change from previous week)

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#19. Crittenden County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 443 (39 total deaths)
— 59.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #501 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 11.4 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,522 (1,543 total cases)
— 16.1% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 670 (59 new cases, +31% change from previous week)

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#18. Jackson County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 443 (59 total deaths)
— 59.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #500 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,708 (3,160 total cases)
— 13.6% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 405 (54 new cases, -2% change from previous week)

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#17. Hart County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 447 (85 total deaths)
— 60.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #481 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 10.5 (2 new deaths, -60% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,096 (4,206 total cases)
— 5.9% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 588 (112 new cases, +18% change from previous week)

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#16. Bell County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 465 (121 total deaths)
— 67.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #409 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,746 (6,442 total cases)
— 18.6% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 603 (157 new cases, +47% change from previous week)

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#15. Adair County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 474 (91 total deaths)
— 70.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #373 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.2 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,274 (4,085 total cases)
— 1.9% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 417 (80 new cases, +51% change from previous week)

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#14. McLean County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 478 (44 total deaths)
— 71.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #353 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,387 (1,877 total cases)
— 2.3% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 858 (79 new cases, +41% change from previous week)

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#13. Mason County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 492 (84 total deaths)
— 77.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #294 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 17.6 (3 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,326 (3,299 total cases)
— 7.4% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,084 (185 new cases, +93% change from previous week)

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#12. Gallatin County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 496 (44 total deaths)
— 78.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #281 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,401 (1,632 total cases)
— 11.8% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,060 (94 new cases, +32% change from previous week)

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#11. Hopkins County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 499 (223 total deaths)
— 79.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #272 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.5 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,468 (10,040 total cases)
— 7.6% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 918 (410 new cases, +111% change from previous week)

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#10. Hickman County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 502 (22 total deaths)
— 80.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #265 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,452 (633 total cases)
— 30.8% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 388 (17 new cases, +21% change from previous week)

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#9. Perry County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 520 (134 total deaths)
— 87.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #234 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.8 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,813 (7,164 total cases)
— 33.2% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 683 (176 new cases, +22% change from previous week)

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#8. Owsley County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 521 (23 total deaths)
— 87.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #233 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,394 (1,077 total cases)
— 16.9% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 294 (13 new cases, +44% change from previous week)

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#7. Metcalfe County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 526 (53 total deaths)
— 89.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #217 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 19.9 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,600 (2,276 total cases)
— 8.3% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 397 (40 new cases, -11% change from previous week)

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#6. Livingston County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 533 (49 total deaths)
— 91.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #195 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,773 (1,726 total cases)
— 10.1% less cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 620 (57 new cases, +111% change from previous week)

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#5. Lewis County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 535 (71 total deaths)
— 92.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #189 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 15.1 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,633 (3,270 total cases)
— 18.0% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 798 (106 new cases, +6% change from previous week)

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#4. Lee County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 594 (44 total deaths)
— 113.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #116 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,246 (1,943 total cases)
— 25.7% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 486 (36 new cases, +50% change from previous week)

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#3. Harlan County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 619 (161 total deaths)
— 122.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #88 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.8 (1 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,906 (6,478 total cases)
— 19.3% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 542 (141 new cases, +62% change from previous week)

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#2. Monroe County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 648 (69 total deaths)
— 133.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #70 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,225 (2,793 total cases)
— 25.6% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 977 (104 new cases, +60% change from previous week)

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#1. Robertson County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 901 (19 total deaths)
— 224.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Kentucky
— #5 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 47.4 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,676 (478 total cases)
— 8.6% more cases per 100k residents than Kentucky
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 617 (13 new cases, -24% change from previous week)

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Kentucky native described as ‘perfect leader’ takes command of USS Constitution

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Ex-Kentucky sheriff indicted on charges he stole more than $50,000

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McConnell says uproar over his voter comments ‘outrageous’

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Kentucky lawmaker critical of pandemic mandates says he has contracted virus

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Horse who portrayed Seabiscuit in 2003 film dies; He was 24 years old and living at retirement farm

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McConnell under fire after saying Black people vote at similar rates to ‘Americans’

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July trial set for Kentucky man charged in Indiana killing

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2 found dead in aftermath of residential blaze

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Kentucky woman charged with murder in baby’s death

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Study to showcase Kentucky bourbon sector’s economic clout

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Kentucky college to use donation from to expand campus

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Kentucky man found passed out at gas station with vehicle still running; now faces drug and other charges

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Kentucky hits unwanted milestone – 1 million COVID-19 cases