Economists say Kentucky COVID-19 numbers are likely much higher than what is being reported

Researchers from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville published data in late October stating that Kentucky’s COVID-19 cases are likely much higher than what is being reported.

Dr. Kenneth R. Troske, the Richard W. and Janis H. Furst Endowed Chair of Economics at the University of Kentucky, and Paul Coomes, Ph.D., Consulting Economist, and Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville, published “Measuring the Spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky: Do We Have the Right Data?” where they point to data from the CDC and national studies that show there were 10 times the number of infections in March than reported for Kentucky at the time, and by September the state is still capturing only one out of two people infected.

To deal with this, Troske and Coomes suggest the state take steps to obtain better data and suggested random testing and the testing of wastewater to get a better picture of who is being infected and where the biggest impact is.

In June, a letter was sent to Governor Andy Beshear advocating for the same issue —further research into the coronavirus and its impacts on Kentucky’s health, economy, and overall well-being.

Dr. Troske recently sat down with The Bottom Line to discuss the research and how he feels the state should move forward. Watch the full interview here:

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