Russell County among top counties nationwide seeing most rapid increase in COVID cases

The increase in COVID-19 cases over the last week in Russell County is among the most in the country per capita, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

The Times’ COVID case tracker utilizes data from local and state health agencies, the CDC, and the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services to track the number of cases per 100,000 population in counties across the United States.

Over the last seven days, Russell County has seen an average of 177 new cases per day per 100,000 population, roughly a 30 percent increase. Nationwide, in counties of at least 10,000 population, that ranks 25th as of Tuesday.

In Kentucky, only Perry, Clay, Bell, Rockcastle, and Breathitt counties rank higher.


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