LCDHD COVID-19 report for Wednesday, Sept. 30

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 4.24%.

Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 69 deaths resulting in a 2.39% mortality rate among known cases. This compares with a 1.71% mortality rate at the state level, and a 2.86% morality rate at the national level.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 12 cases in the hospital. This is 2 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 239 hospitalizations resulting in a 8.29% hospitalization rate among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 7.67%. The latest state data shows that 64% of ICU beds and 26% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 2,884 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 1.38% 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 17 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 3; Casey: 1; Green: 1; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 4; Taylor: 2; and, Wayne: 4. In all, we have released 88.7% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: We added 25 more cases today than we released historic cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 256 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 42 today: Adair: 3; Casey: 1; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 1; Green: 1; McCreary: 7; Pulaski: 8; Russell: 1; Taylor: 11; and, Wayne: 5. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.011. This means our total case count is projected to double every 63.82 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 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Adair: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Adair: A 33-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Adair: A 15-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Casey: A 17-year-old male who is self-isolated, unknown
Clinton: A 16-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 11-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 27-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Cumberland: A 13-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 30-year-old male who is released, unknown
McCreary: A 43-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 49-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 75-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 25-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 74-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 49-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 7 months-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 70-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 54-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Pulaski: A 26-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 66-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 57-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 17-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Taylor: A 37-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 37-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 16-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 62-year-old male who is released, unknown
Taylor: A 12-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Taylor: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 72-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 5-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 22-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Wayne: A 43-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 68-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 42-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 71-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 67-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

A close look at the data above may appear that Adair and Taylor’s numbers are off. This is because a case from yesterday was reassigned today from Adair to Taylor.

We still only have one county, McCreary, in the “red-critical” range of community-spread. However, we are seeing a fairly substantial increase in new cases.

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 2,884 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 68,925 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 68,840 statewide plus 85 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.

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