Three new cases of COVID in RC on Wednesday

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 3.93%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 3 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 374 deaths resulting in a 1.8% mortality rate (about 1 in 56) among known cases. This compares with a 1.18% 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 39 cases in the hospital. This is 2 less than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,145 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.52% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.74%. The latest data shows that 88.89% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 30.65% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 20,724 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 9.92% 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 114 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 9; Casey: 3; Clinton: 6; Cumberland: 1; Green: 3; McCreary: 10; Pulaski: 63; Russell: 5; Taylor: 8; and, Wayne: 6. In all, we have released 97.1% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: We added 8 more cases today than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 228 active cases in our district across 9 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, 7% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 125 today: Adair: 11; Casey: 3; Clinton: 6; Green: 8; McCreary: 10; Pulaski: 67; Russell: 3; Taylor: 11; and, Wayne: 6. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.001. This means our total case count is projected to double every 469.5 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 41-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Adair: A 25-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Adair: A 22-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Adair: A 36-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Adair: A 21-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Adair: A 59-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Adair: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 17-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 87-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 49-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 22-year-old male who is released, resolved;
Casey: A 27-year-old female who is released, resolved;
Casey: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 49-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Clinton: A 54-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Clinton: A 84-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Clinton: A 28-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Clinton: A 48-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Clinton: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 33-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 5-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 58-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 6-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 6-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 24-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 5-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 42-year-old male who is released, resolved;
McCreary: A 87-year-old female who is released, resolved;
McCreary: A 63-year-old male who is released, resolved;
McCreary: A 23-year-old female who is released, resolved;
McCreary: A 49-year-old male who is released, resolved;
McCreary: A 34-year-old male who is released, resolved;
McCreary: A 50-year-old male who is released, resolved;
McCreary: A 40-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 16-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 42-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 44-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 16-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 26-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 55-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 21-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 32-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 27-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 64-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 83-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 43-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 24-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 18-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 39-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 22-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 26-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 34-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 57-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 37-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 21-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 38-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 24-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 52-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 35-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 40-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 80-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 60-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 23-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 33-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 42-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 44-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 19-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 18-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 28-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 24-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 25-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 17-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 57-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 25-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 30-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 19-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 34-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 55-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 34-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 30-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 43-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 70-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 27-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 15-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 57-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 37-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 49-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 56-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 23-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 45-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 21-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 75-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 12-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 8-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 26-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 25-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 54-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 13-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 16-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 20-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Russell: A 56-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Russell: A 34-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Taylor: A 42-year-old male who is released, resolved;
Taylor: A 56-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 8-year-old male who is released, resolved;
Taylor: A 69-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 33-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 77-year-old female who is released, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 66-year-old male who is released, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 58-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 14-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 57-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 27-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Wayne: A 34-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Wayne: A 59-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Wayne: A 22-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Wayne: A 24-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Wayne: A 58-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;

Tonight’s Daily Brief is dedicated to the memory of Betty Jo Tomlinson. Betty Jo was a long-time employee at the Pulaski County Health Department. Our hearts were broken to hear of her passing, and our prayers go out to her friends and family.

Now that the new case rate is slowing, we are trying to sanitize our local data and reconcile it with state reported numbers. This process will take several weeks. Immediately, we have discovered 86 cases reported to the state that was not reflected in our local numbers. These cases are now resolved and released from public health observation. While adding these cases to our numbers will impact our total case count, they will not affect our locally reported 7-day average incidence rate as we entered them as previously closed.

The following death we report today was associated with a long-term care facility and happened some weeks ago but has just now been reconciled with the state numbers: an 86-year-old female from Clinton who had also been hospitalized and released from public health observation as no longer contagious, but later succumbed to lasting complications from the illness.

The additional deaths we report today are: a 90-year-old female long-term care resident from Pulaski who had also been hospitalized and released from public health observation as no longer contagious, but later succumbed to lasting complications from the illness; and a 70-year-old male from Wayne who had been hospitalized, who had been released from public health observation as no longer contagious, but later succumbed to lasting complications from the illness.

Area vaccination efforts are moving forward, and our new cases continue to slow. We now have 1 county in the “green-on track” range, Cumberland; 3 counties in the “yellow-community-spread” category, Clinton, Russell, and Wayne; 5 counties in the “orange-critical” range of community-spread: Adair, Casey, Green, McCreary, and Pulaski; and 1 county in the “red-critical” range of community-spread: 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 20,724 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 413,308 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 412,924 statewide plus 384 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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