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As KY COVID-19 cases rise, some warn of another case increase

Is Another Big Wave of COVID-19 Coming to Kentucky?

Some local health professionals may say that they have seen a gradual increase in new cases. The rebound follows a sharp drop in cases following a summer wave driven by the delta variant.

“I think…if you look at the whole country, we’re clearly seeing a new wave,” said Dr. Jon Klein, vice dean for research at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

“When you look at the places that are increasing strongly, I find it difficult to find evidence that we are an exception,” said Klein, a member of a local COVID-19 task force of health officials. “We just have too many people who haven’t been vaccinated.”

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Cases are on the rise again in Europe and parts of the United States, putting pressure on health systems, Klein said.

But Klein said it’s hard to predict how serious a new wave of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky could be as more people have been vaccinated or may be immune to having the virus.

Bryce Malone, 9, shudders as he receives his COVID-19 vaccine at Carter Traditional Elementary School during a Saturday morning vaccine drive.  Nov 13, 2021

“We don’t know what the combined effect of infection and vaccination will be,” he said.

New infections and the number of positive cases of COVID-19 have been increasing for a few weeks after a decline in mid-October.

On Monday, Kentucky reported 44 new deaths and 822 new cases — the highest Monday in four weeks. Saturday and Sunday — with 2,048 and 1,018 new cases, respectively — were also the worst Saturday and Sunday in a month.