New poll shows many Kentuckians believe COVID-19 is over

Virus will not impact most holiday plans

By: - December 13, 2022 2:30 pm
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Fall 2022 Vaccines Poll

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Fall 2022 Vaccines Poll

Most Kentuckians will celebrate the holiday season regardless of COVID-19 levels, according to a new poll funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. 

Many also believe the pandemic is now over. These insights come from researchers with the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research, who interviewed 855 Kentucky adults by telephone for the Vaccines in Kentucky poll from Oct. 29 to Dec. 4. 

More than 8 in 10 of those surveyed said COVID-19 is “not too likely” or “not likely at all” to impact their holiday gathering plans. 

Researchers found women were more likely than men to respond that COVID-19 would in fact impact their plans. 

Additionally, about 25% of Kentuckians who were fully vaccinated and boosted said the virus is “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to keep them from hosting or attending holiday gatherings, the foundation reports. 

Ben Chandler, the president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Ben Chandler, the president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

“Almost three years into this pandemic, Kentuckians have found ways to live with the threat of COVID-19,” Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, said in a statement. “That means we must stay vigilant – washing our hands often, staying home when sick, and keeping up to date on our immunizations, both for COVID-19 and the flu shot.”

Kentuckians believe COVID-19 is over

Researchers also found that more Kentuckians now believe COVID-19 is over than did in the summer. Almost 60% – 58.1 – of those surveyed said the pandemic is over as it pertains to their personal life. That’s up from 53.3% over the summer.

State data, though, shows that COVID-19-related hospitalizations are actually up, as are deaths and the rate of positive cases. 

As of Dec. 12, 388 Kentuckians were hospitalized with the virus. That’s up from 383 the week before and 281 the last week of November. Deaths, too, were at 51 last week, up from 28 the week before. 

The rate of positive cases has risen every week for a month, according to state data. That number does not include at-home tests, though, meaning it is likely higher. It was 8.63% as of Monday, about two weeks post-Thanksgiving.


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Sarah Ladd
Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd is a Louisville-based journalist from West Kentucky who's covered everything from crime to higher education. She spent nearly two years on the metro breaking news desk at The Courier Journal. In 2020, she started reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has covered health ever since. As the Kentucky Lantern's health reporter, she focuses on mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, children's welfare, COVID-19 and more.