Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 3.88%.
Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 375 deaths resulting in a 1.8% mortality rate (about 1 in 56) among known cases. This compares with a 1.19% mortality rate at the state level, and a 1.81% mortality rate at the national level.
Hospitalizations: We presently have 23 cases in the hospital. This is 6 less than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,150 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.53% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.76%. The latest data shows that 84.44% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 20.97% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 20,784 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 9.95% 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 66 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 7; Casey: 4; Clinton: 4; Green: 5; McCreary: 10; Pulaski: 17; Russell: 6; Taylor: 10; and, Wayne: 3. In all, we have released 97.3% of our total cases.
Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 45 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 179 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, 1,343.
Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Businesses, Family, Schools, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 8% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 21 today: Adair: 1; Green: 2; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 10; Taylor: 5; and, Wayne: 2. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.001. This means our total case count is projected to double every 551.49 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 59-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 20-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Green: A 53-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 44-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 34-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 50-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 59-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 37-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 7-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 96-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 49-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 29-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 62-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 71-year-old female who is released, 3/11/21;
Taylor: A 37-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 70-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 66-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 33-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 83-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 62-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Remember, now that our staff are off on Saturday and Sunday, our weekly summary will be on Fridays. We added 182 new cases in the last 7 days compared to 365 the 7 days prior. While we announced several historic deaths that weren’t in our numbers, we only experienced 3 deaths over the last 7 days. We have 23 hospitalized COVID-19 cases compared to 30 last Friday. Our districtwide 7-day average incidence rate is 12.42 compared to 24.90 last week.
So, happily, our new case rate continues to drop. We now have 5 counties in the “yellow-community-spread” category, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Russell, and Wayne; 4 counties in the “orange-critical” range of community-spread: Adair, McCreary, Pulaski, and Taylor; and 1 county in the “red-critical” range of community-spread: Green.
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 20,784 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 415,450 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 415,091 statewide plus 359 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.