LCDHD COVID-19 report for Friday, Sept. 18

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 3.82%.

Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 68 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.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 9 cases in the hospital. This is 1 more than yesterday. The most hospitalizations we have had at any one time was 33. We have had a total of 218 hospitalizations resulting in a 8.6% hospitalization rate among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 8.3%. The latest state data shows that 70% of ICU beds and 24% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 2,546 cases since the onset of the outbreak.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 40 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Casey: 1; Clinton: 5; Green: 1; McCreary: 7; Pulaski: 9; Russell: 9; Taylor: 4; and, Wayne: 4. In all, we have released 88.1% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: We released 13 more cases today than we added new cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 236 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties.

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 27 today: Adair: 2; Casey: 1; Clinton: 1; Green: 1; McCreary: 4; Pulaski: 12; Russell: 2; Taylor: 3; and, Wayne: 1. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.011. This means our total case count is projected to double every 65.4 days. The new cases include:

Adair: A 56-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Adair: A 62-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 55-year-old female who is released, asymptomatic
Clinton: A 54-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 14-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 33-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 54-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 75-year-old male who is released, 7/31/20
Pulaski: A 69-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 23-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 50-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 79-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 74-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 78-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 18-year-old female who is released, 8/25/20
Pulaski: A 7-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 26-year-old female who is released, asymptomatic
Russell: A 19-year-old female who is released, asymptomatic
Taylor: A 54-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 74-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 56-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

We are so pleased to report that we have no counties in the “red-critical” zone of community spread as of today. We have 5 in the “orange-accelerated” category, and 5 in the “yellow-community spread” category. While we added 1 hospitalization, our total hospitalizations at 9 remains low compared to historic numbers. We are also happy to report no new deaths today.

We are hopeful these positive community indicators can continue as we transition toward in-person K-12 instruction. Our most common area to which cases are tied is already “school” (which includes cases in the school-age range; and school faculty, staff, and students at the K-12 and university level). If your personal faith leads you to do so, I encourage everyone to say a prayer for our communities and our schools at this critical juncture.

Also, 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 2,546 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 60,180 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 60,128 statewide plus 52 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.

For more statistics and local data go to LCDHD COVID-19 Information.

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