Six new cases of COVID-19 in RC on Sunday

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 8.06%.

Deaths: We regret we must report 4 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 234 deaths resulting in a 1.8% mortality rate (about 1 in 56) among known cases. This compares with a 0.99% mortality rate at the state level, and a 1.74% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 98 cases* in the hospital. This is 7 more than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 770 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.93% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 17) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 5.08%. The latest data shows that 87% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 24.1% of ventilator capicity is being utilized. (*This number is an estimation. Due to the high numbers, we only check with the hospitals on Fridays now. Therefore, the best time to see the most accurate hospital data will be in the Saturday News Brief.)

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 12,984 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 6.22% 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 128 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 3; Casey: 8; Clinton: 14; Cumberland: 5; Green: 3; McCreary: 5; Pulaski: 36; Russell: 10; Taylor: 10; and, Wayne: 34. In all, we have released 91.6% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 26 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 861 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 12/10/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,338.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Businesses, Long-term Care/Residential Facilities, Schools, and Family. Of our active cases, 13% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 106 today: Adair: 7; Casey: 2; Clinton: 7; Cumberland: 2; Green: 2; McCreary: 9; Pulaski: 40; Russell: 6; Taylor: 10; and, Wayne: 21. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.009. This means our total case count is projected to double every 75.24 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/17/2020 when we added 291 cases. Today’s new cases include:

Adair: A 72-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 15-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 57-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Adair: A 38-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 48-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 59-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 47-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 8m-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 31-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 81-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 32-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Clinton: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 81-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 31-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 65-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 4-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 3-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 42-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 43-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 46-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 18-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 29-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 47-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 58-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 45-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 36-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 58-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 62-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 60-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 27-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 27-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 28-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 32-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 57-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 41-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 61-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 32-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 21-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 33-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 60-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 63-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 52-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 34-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 34-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 16-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 39-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 57-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 74-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 1-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 9-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 11-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 58-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 32-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 17-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 23-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 83-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 43-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 13-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 84-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 69-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 49-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 42-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 20-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 2-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 34-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 61-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 53-year-old female who is self-isolated, unknown;
Wayne: A 52-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 80-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 48-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 63-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 66-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 44-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 39-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 33-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 58-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 36-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;

A close look at our data will appear that the Casey and Clinton numbers are off today. This is because we removed one duplicate from each county.

The deaths we report today are: an 87-year-old male from Adair who had been released from public health observation as no longer contagious but later succumbed to lasting complications from the illness; a 70-year-old female from Clinton who had been hospitalized; a 73-year-old female from Wayne; and a 62-year-old female long-term care resident from Wayne.

Last week on Sunday we added 89 new cases, today, 108. However, last Sunday we had 1,110 active cases, this Sunday, 861. On another high note, on both the state and local incident rate map, some of our counties have fallen into the “orange-accelerated” rage of community-spread. Our counties don’t match exactly because the state data tends to be a few days behind our data. Also, this good fortune may well be skewed be lower testing levels over the holidays. Unfortunately, our mortality rate is still higher than the state and national mortality rates, and our hospitalizations remain high.

We expect to exhaust our supply of our first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines this week and don’t have any information as of today when the next shipments might come.

Until the vaccine is widely available let’s all 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 12,984 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 257,647 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 257,063 statewide plus 584 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 with positive cases when ready to be released. 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. Finally, we are working with all community partners regarding vaccination planning.

 

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