13 active COVID cases in Russell County

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 3%.

Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 429 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 12 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,235 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 22,301 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 10.68% 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, 0.49% are reinfections, and 1.29% contracted the virus after having received at least 1 dose of the vaccine.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 49 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 2; Casey: 11; Green: 2; McCreary: 3; Pulaski: 17; Russell: 2; Taylor: 8; and, Wayne: 4. 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 18 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 168 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, 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 31 today: Adair: 7; Casey: 5; Green: 1; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 10; Russell: 1; and, Taylor: 6. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.001. This means our total case count is projected to double every 549.48 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 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 53-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 41-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 11-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 6-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 26-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 81-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 90-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 13-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Casey: A 26-year-old male who is hospitalized, Asymptomatic;
Casey: A 25-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 16-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 59-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 55-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 72-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 54-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 12-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 72-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 10-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 12-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 32-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 60-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 14-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 25-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 8-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 61-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 25-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;

A close look at the numbers today may appear that Pulaski’s count is off. This is because we removed 1 Pulaski case that didn’t meet the case definition.

We added 196 new cases this week compared to 184 last week. So, our several weeks’ trend of increasing cases continues. On the upside, over the last few days, our new cases have been less than for the same time period the week prior. Hopefully, next week this will continue, and we will have a week of fewer new cases. We had 1 death that occurred over the last 7 days. We have 168 active cases today compared to 156 last Friday. We have 12 hospitalized cases compared with 9 last Friday. Our 7-day average incidence rate of new cases per 100,000 today for our district is 13.37 today, last Friday, 12.55.

Today, our 7-day average incidence rate of new cases per 1000,000 chart is showing only 5 counties in the “yellow-community-spread” category, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Russell, and Wayne; 4 counties in the “orange-accelerated” range of community-spread: Casey, McCreary, Pulaski, and Taylor; and 1 county in the “red-critical” range, Adair.

We are still experiencing a higher average of new cases per week than the state as a whole. This is to be expected since our COVID-19 vaccine uptake rate is lower than the state average in all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. Here are our present COVID-19 vaccine uptake rates:

State – 43.00%
Taylor – 34.40%
Pulaski – 32.89%
Russell – 31.78%
Green – 28.59%
Cumberland – 27.16%
Wayne – 25.85%
Adair – 25.60%
Casey – 23.43%
Clinton – 22.06%
McCreary – 20.48%

Our citizens need to take the vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 8,141 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 99% of them had not taken any doses of the vaccine.

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Zac Oakes is the News and Sports Director for LakerCountry.com and Laker Country WJRS 104.9 FM.