LCDHD COVID-19 report for Thursday, Sept. 24

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 4.59%.

Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 69 deaths resulting in a 2.5% 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 10 cases in the hospital. This is 3 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 225 hospitalizations resulting in a 8.3% hospitalization rate among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 8%. 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 2,711 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 1.3% 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 28 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 1; Cumberland: 1; Green: 5; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 4; Russell: 4; Taylor: 5; and, Wayne: 6. In all, we have released 89.5% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: We added 10 more cases today than we released historic cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 216 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, Family, and Medical Facilities.

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 38 today: Adair: 1; Clinton: 3; Green: 2; McCreary: 9; Pulaski: 11; Taylor: 6; and, Wayne: 6. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.011. This means our total case count is projected to double every 66.03 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 73-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Clinton: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 14-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 11-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 9-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 73-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 75-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Pulaski: A 70-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 68-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 65-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 54-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Pulaski: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 67-year-old male who is released, asymptomatic
Pulaski: A 56-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Pulaski: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 42-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 56-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 18-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 18-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 84-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Taylor: A 37-year-old male who is released, asymptomatic
Wayne: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 74-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 3-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 17-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

For the first time in a few days we added more new cases than we released historic cases. Also, we now only have two counties in the “yellow-community spread” range of new cases. All the rest of our counties are in the “orange-accelerated” range. Fortunately, we have no counties in the “red-critical” range.

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 2,711 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 64,228 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 64,158 statewide plus 70 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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