Eleven new cases of COVID-19 reported in Russell County Monday

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 4.62%.

Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 78 deaths resulting in a 2.11% mortality rate among known cases. This compares with a 1.5% mortality rate at the state level, and a 2.68% morality rate at the national level.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 18 cases in the hospital. This is 3 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 289 hospitalizations resulting in a 7.82% hospitalization rate among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 7.5%. The latest state data shows that 71.24% of ICU beds and 27.57% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 3,698 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 1.77% 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 79 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 15; Casey: 1; Clinton: 4; Green: 1; McCreary: 4; Pulaski: 22; Russell: 16; Taylor: 13; and, Wayne: 3. In all, we have released 86.5% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: We released 9 more cases today than we added new cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 421 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 10/18/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 430.

Where are Cases Tied to: The most common areas to where we are seeing cases tied are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Places of Worship, and Family.

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 70 today: Adair: 8; Casey: 13; Clinton: 4; Green: 6; McCreary: 4; Pulaski: 7; Russell: 11; Taylor: 6; and, Wayne: 11. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.015. This means our total case count is projected to double every 45.86 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 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Adair: A 9-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Adair: A 54-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Adair: A 75-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Adair: A 80-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Adair: A 52-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Adair: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Adair: A 60-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 37-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Casey: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, unknown
Casey: A 60-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 69-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 39-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 14-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 18-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 49-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 81-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Clinton: A 61-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 74-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 74-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 50-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 55-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Green: A 79-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Green: A 70-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 8-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 31-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
McCreary: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 24-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 94-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Pulaski: A 37-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 67-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 64-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 25-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 53-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 82-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Russell: A 34-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 24-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Russell: A 62-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Russell: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 77-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 14-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 53-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 83-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 37-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Taylor: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 64-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 52-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Wayne: A 59-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 62-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 39-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 36-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 50-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 36-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 60-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 32-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

We have a report of an unconfirmed Adair death. We will confirm if so and report it tomorrow.

We are still seeing very high numbers of new cases. In fact, we now have 7 counties in the “red-critical” range of community-spread: Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne. Our other 3 counties, Casey, McCreary, and Pulaski, are in the “orange-accelerated” range of community-spread.

From a public health perspective, it is discouraging to see so much social gatherings, along with the limited social distancing and masking. If our present mortality and hospitalization rates hold, and if we continue to experience around 50 cases per day, that will translate to an average of 1 death and almost 4 hospitalizations per day. If you are not consistently masking, social distancing, and avoiding crowds, is what you are doing worth contributing to 1 area death and around 4 area hospitalizations every day? I cannot help but wonder where our compassion for our fellow man is. In a few months, a vaccine should be becoming available. Surely, we can all make some small sacrifices between now and then.

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 3,698 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 88,357 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 88,247 statewide plus 110 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. We are also working with any community partner that requests assistance for prevention or post-exposure planning/response.

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