Pike, Letcher counties move out of the red

Incidence rates across Eastern Kentucky, as of Sunday afternoon.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The latest report on the incidence of COVID-19 across Kentucky shows that Pike and Letcher counties are no longer in the red, but several other Eastern Kentucky counties have taken their place.

Pike and Letcher counties have come out of the critical category, when a county reports a daily average of more than 25 cases a day per 100,000 population. The counties have joined Floyd, Magoffin and Leslie counties back in the orange “accelerated” level, which means cases are between 10 and 25 a day per 100,000 population.

Meanwhile, Johnson, Martin, Lawrence, Knott and Perry counties are all now in the red category.

As a result, the Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Martin and Perry county school districts and Paintsville Independent have canceled in-person classes this week and have moved to all-virtual instruction.

Breathitt County remains the only county in the Mountain Top News coverage area in the yellow category, of fewer than 10 cases a day per 100,000 population.