COVID-19 report for Sunday, Sept. 20

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 3.82%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new death today from Taylor. We have experienced a total of 69 deaths resulting in a 2.7% mortality rate among known cases. This compares with a 1.8% mortality rate at the state level, and a 3.1% morality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 8 cases in the hospital. This is 1 less than yesterday. The most hospitalizations we have had at any one time was 33 on 09/02/2020. We have had a total of 219 hospitalizations resulting in a 8.5% hospitalization rate among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 8.2%. The latest state data shows that 68% of ICU beds and 24% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 2,590 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 1.24% of our total population have been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 22 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 1; Casey: 1; Clinton: 1; Green: 3; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 9; Russell: 2; and, Taylor: 4. In all, we have released 88.5% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: We released 4 more cases today than we added new cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 228 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/02/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 411.

Where are Cases Tied to: The most common areas to which where we are seeing cases tied are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Long-term Care/Residential Facilities, and Family.

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 19 today: Adair: 1; Casey: 2; Clinton: 1; Green: 3; Pulaski: 7; Russell: 1; Taylor: 1; and, Wayne: 3. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.01. This means our total case count is projected to double every 68.12 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 08/26/2020 when we added 75 cases. Today’s new cases include:

Adair: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 20-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 52-year-old female who is released, 8/04/20
Clinton: A 74-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Green: A 42-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Green: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 25-year-old female who is released, 8/07/20
Pulaski: A 65-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 29-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 64-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 52-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 21-year-old female who is released, 3/15/20
Pulaski: A 12-year-old female who is released, 8/24/20
Pulaski: A 64-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 36-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 18-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 60-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 16-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 54-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

The death we report today was a 92-year-old male from Taylor who was a nursing home resident. He had been released from public health observation as no longer contagious. Nevertheless, he eventually succumbed to complications from having had the virus.

Please, let’s all continue to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing our face coverings, avoiding crowds (especially in confined spaces), social distancing when around others, increasing our hand hygiene, increasing our general sanitation, and by avoiding the touching of our faces.

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 2,590 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 61,583 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 61,542 statewide plus 41 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s/Department for Public Health’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. The LCDHD is working tirelessly, including nights and weekends, to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact, and to follow-up daily with positive cases. Additionally, we are striving diligently to follow-up on business-related complaints regarding noncompliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders.

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