LCDHD COVID-19 report for Tuesday, Sept. 29

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 4.41%.

Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 69 deaths resulting in a 2.43% mortality rate among known cases. This compares with a 1.72% mortality rate at the state level, and a 2.88% morality rate at the national level.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 14 cases in the hospital. This is 1 more than yesterday. The most hospitalizations we have had at any one time was 33 on 09/02/2020. We have had a total of 236 hospitalizations resulting in a 8.3% hospitalization rate among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 7.74%. The latest state data shows that 67% of ICU beds and 25% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 2,842 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 1.36% 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 26 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 1; Clinton: 5; Cumberland: 1; Pulaski: 12; Russell: 3; Taylor: 2; and, Wayne: 2. In all, we have released 89.4% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: We added 9 more cases today than we released historic cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 231 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): Businesses, Schools, Family, and Places of Worship.

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 35 today: Adair: 1; Casey: 2; Clinton: 1; Cumberland: 1; Green: 2; McCreary: 9; Pulaski: 9; Russell: 7; and, Wayne: 3. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.01. This means our total case count is projected to double every 68.59 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 48-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 48-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 5-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Cumberland: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 44-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 12-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 57-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 41-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
McCreary: A 26-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
McCreary: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
McCreary: A 36-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
McCreary: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
McCreary: A 64-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
McCreary: A 82-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
McCreary: A 57-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 92-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 82-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 36-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 46-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Pulaski: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 26-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 76-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Russell: A 10-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Russell: A 70-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 59-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 14-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Russell: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 7-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Wayne: A 49-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 28-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 3-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic

The world has now surpassed another grim milestone, over 1 million COVID-19 related deaths.

Locally, we still only have 1 county in the “red-critical” range of community-spread, McCreary. We now have 4 counties in the “yellow-community-spread” range of community spread, Adair, Casey, Cumberland, and Taylor. The remaining counties are in the “orange-accelerated” range.

Some new guidance came out today from the State Department for Public Health that will impact school re-opening plans. In short, the definition for a “contact” in a school room setting was clarified so that if the people in a school room where a positive COVID-19 case was present were properly distanced (6-feet) and consistently wearing face-coverings, they would not be considered “contacts”. However, if not properly distanced and/or not consistently wearing face-coverings, would be considered “contacts” and would have to quarantine. In summary, schools should ensure that students are appropriately distanced and consistently wearing a face-covering.

Also, on the 7-day incidence rate scale, a school that suspends in-person instruction due to the county reaching the “red-critical” range of community spread (25 or more new cases per day average per 100,000), can now return to in-person instruction after a week of non-in-person instruction if the county has moved to the “orange, yellow or green” level of community spread. Previously, the requirement was that schools should not re-open to in-person instruction until the county 7-day incidence rate dropped to the “yellow or green” level.

While these two changes should enhance the schools’ ability to remain open more to in-person instruction, it is yet to be determined how in-person instruction will ultimately impact the spread of COVID-19 within the communities.

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 2,842 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 67,936 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 67,856 statewide plus 80 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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