12 active cases of COVID in Russell County

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 2.79%.

Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 430 deaths resulting in a 1.92% mortality rate (about 1 in 52) among known cases. This compares with a 1.47% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.78% mortality rate at the national level.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 16 cases in the hospital. This is 4 more than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,239 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.54% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.95%. 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 22,367 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 10.71% of our total population has 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. Of our total cases, 0.5% are reinfections, and 1.38% contracted the virus after having received at least 1 dose of the vaccine.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 16 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 4; Casey: 1; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 3; Russell: 1; Taylor: 3; and, Wayne: 2. In all, we have released 97.4% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: We added 21 more cases today than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 157 active cases in our district across 8 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, 6% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 37 today: Adair: 9; Casey: 2; Clinton: 1; Green: 1; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 14; Russell: 2; and, Taylor: 7. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.001. This means our total case count is projected to double every 624.73 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 49-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Adair: A 14-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 63-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 37-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 11-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 52-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 66-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 17-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 31-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 48-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 50-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Green: A 38-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 48-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 37-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 3-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 41-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 76-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 55-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 48-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 16-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 68-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 47-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 44-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 42-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 26-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 48-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 27-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 13-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 83-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;

We had fewer new cases today compared to the same time period last week causing our 7-day-average incidence rate of new cases per 100,000 to decline. Today, our 7-day average incidence rate chart is showing 1 county in the “green-on-track range”, Wayne; 5 counties in the “yellow-community-spread” category, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, and Russell; and 4 counties in the “orange-accelerated” range of community-spread: Adair, Casey, Pulaski, and Taylor. We are glad not to have any counties in the “red-critical” range.

We encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 8,207 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 99% of them had not taken any doses of the vaccine. Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.

State – 43.00%
Taylor – 34.93%
Pulaski – 33.39%
Russell – 32.27%
Green – 28.83%
Cumberland – 27.48%
Wayne – 26.16%
Adair – 26.13%
Casey – 23.85%
Clinton – 22.23%
McCreary – 20.82%

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 22,367 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 453,351 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 453,460 statewide plus -109 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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