December 3, 2022

COVID-19 positivity rate declines in KY; omicron subvariant now dominant strain

Russell County now finds itself in the Medium, or yellow, category of COVID-19 community spread in the latest data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kentucky’s positivity rate now stands at 2.29 percent, the lowest it’s been since July 2, 2021 and while that is certainly good news, the contagious omicron subvariant BA.2, dubbed “stealth omicron,” is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States, according to the CDC.

In numbers released Tuesday by the federal government, the subvariant now accounts for nearly 55 percent of COVID infection samples that have undergone genetic sequencing.

The subvariant has been found in more than 80 countries and all 50 U.S. states, per reports.

In the Lake Cumberland District, all counties are now at the medium community level of transmission, except for neighboring Casey County in the high community level.