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The COVID Tracking Project will stop collecting data on March 7, 2021.

For months, we have been collecting COVID-19 data, scrutinizing publicly available data definitions, and engaging in frequent conversations with jurisdictions to understand the data they share.

During this process, we have focused on three aspects of COVID-19 data reporting: 1) how the state defines and reports key metrics, such as testing data, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, 2) how the state presents information about COVID-19 in long-term-care facilities, and 3) how the state reports race and ethnicity data.

Our assessment below reflects both the thoroughness of Kentucky’s reporting and the completeness and clarity of their data descriptions. We hope this work will not only help our data users to better grasp the limitations of these numbers but also might help health officials to understand the differences in data reporting across jurisdictions.

We require data definitions to be accessible from a state’s data pages and presented in a location where it is clear they will be maintained. Examples include data definition documents, data FAQs, dashboard footnotes, or definitions appearing daily in press releases.

Last updated March 2, 2021

State-level metrics

Few issues exist:

  • does not regularly provide total tests in terms of unique people tested
  • data for multiple key metrics is hard to discover or access
  • does not provide latest tests and cases data in machine readable format
  • does not provide historical tests and cases data in machine readable format

Race and Ethnicity

Some issues exist:

  • does not report race / ethnicity data for tests and hospitalizations
  • reports race data for 76% of cases and 92% of deaths, and ethnicity data for 77% of cases and 89% of deaths

Long-Term Care

Few issues exist:

  • Kentucky stopped reporting cumulative facility-level data from 2020 in their data for 2021. To calculate true cumulative totals, you need to add the last total provided in 2020 with the totals provided for 2021.