3 new cases of COVID reported in Russell County on Saturday

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 5.56%.

Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 358 deaths resulting in a 1.77% mortality rate (about 1 in 56) among known cases. This compares with a 1.14% mortality rate at the state level, and a 1.79% mortality rate at the national level.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 34 cases in the hospital. This is 1 more than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,116 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.5% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.73%. The latest data shows that 88.89% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 27.42% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 20,273 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 9.71% 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 53 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 8; Casey: 4; Clinton: 2; Cumberland: 1; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 10; Russell: 11; Taylor: 14; and, Wayne: 2. In all, we have released 96.4% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 17 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 366 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, 1,342.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Family, Businesses, Schools, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 5% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 36 today: Adair: 3; Casey: 1; Clinton: 1; Green: 1; McCreary: 13; Pulaski: 4; Russell: 3; Taylor: 5; and, Wayne: 5. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.003. This means our total case count is projected to double every 237.94 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/30/2020 when we added 301 cases. Today’s new cases include:

Adair: A 8-year-old male who is released, Asymptomatic;
Adair: A 41-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 4-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 68-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Green: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 46-year-old male who is released, 2/26/21;
McCreary: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 50-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 20-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 32-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 65-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 38-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 34-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 47-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 20-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 39-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 13-year-old female who is released, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 26-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 49-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 65-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 5-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 1-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 23-year-old male who is self-isolated, Lost to follow up;
Taylor: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 54-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 70-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 53-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 38-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;

We added 409 new cases this week compared to 371 last week. With the blizzard last week, there was not much COVID-19 testing compared to this week, so next week will give us a better picture of if our cases are actually going up, or continuing trend downwardly. We have 366 active cases today compared to 410 last Saturday. We experienced 3 deaths this week. We have 34 cases hospitalized today compared to 28 last Saturday.

Our district-wide 7-day average incidence rate today is 27.9 new cases per day compared to 25.3 last week. However, we do have 5 counties in the “orange-critical” range of community-spread: Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Pulaski, and Wayne; and 5 counties in the “red-critical” range of community-spread: Adair, Green, McCreary, Russell, and Taylor.

Please, 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 20,273 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 404,479 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 403,947 statewide plus 532 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 COVID-19 guidance. 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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