Three new cases of COVID-19 in RC on Friday

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 4.25%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 362 deaths resulting in a 1.76% mortality rate (about 1 in 57) among known cases. This compares with a 1.16% mortality rate at the state level, and a 1.81% 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 35 cases in the hospital. This is 7 less than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,136 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.54% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.73%. The latest data shows that 91.11% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 19.35% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 20,518 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 9.82% 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 85 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 8; Casey: 4; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 1; Green: 6; McCreary: 5; Pulaski: 19; Russell: 4; Taylor: 21; and, Wayne: 13. In all, we have released 96.9% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 48 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 264 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, 1,341.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Family, Businesses, Schools, and Jail/Prison Related. 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 39 today: Adair: 5; Casey: 5; Clinton: 2; Green: 1; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 18; Russell: 3; Taylor: 1; and, Wayne: 2. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.002. This means our total case count is projected to double every 351.78 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 36-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 8-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 10 months -old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 26-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 73-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 39-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 40-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 68-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Casey: A 66-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Clinton: A 59-year-old female who is released, Asymptomatic;
Clinton: A 56-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 4-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 57-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
McCreary: A 67-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 66-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 7-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 34-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 66-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 56-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 8 months -old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 24-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 16-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 57-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 64-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 69-year-old female who is hospitalized, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 37-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 60-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 54-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 29-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Russell: A 48-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 27-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Wayne: A 60-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Wayne: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;

With the downturn in the new case rates, we will start giving our staff the weekends off. Thus, there will be no Daily Briefs on Saturdays or Sundays now.

The deaths we report today are: a 72-year-old female from McCreary who had been hospitalized; and a 70-year-old female from Pulaski who had been hospitalized.

We added 281 new cases over the last 7 days compared to 426 on the 7 days prior. Our 7-day average incidence rate today is 19.17 new cases per 100,000 compared to 29.07 last Friday. We have experienced 2 deaths in the last 7 days. We have 35 hospitalized cases compared to 33 cases last Friday. We have 1 county in the “yellow-community-spread” category, Cumberland; 7 counties in the “orange-critical” range of community-spread: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Green, Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne; and 2 counties in the “red-critical” range of community-spread: McCreary, and Taylor.

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 20,518 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 409,742 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 409,345 statewide plus 397 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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Zac Oakes is the News and Sports Director for LakerCountry.com and Laker Country WJRS 104.9 FM.