14 active cases of COVID-19 in Russell County on Thursday

Lake Cumberland District Daily COVID-19 Case Summary

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 3.04%.

Deaths: We regret we must report 3 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 429 deaths resulting in a 1.93% 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. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 10 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,234 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 88.89% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 24.19% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 22,270 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 10.66% 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 1.28% contracted the virus after having received at least 1 dose of the vaccine.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 31 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 3; Casey: 1; Cumberland: 1; Green: 1; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 10; Russell: 4; Taylor: 8; and, Wayne: 1. In all, we have released 97.2% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, we decreased the same number of cases today as we added new cases. This leaves us with 186 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, 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 34 today: Adair: 5; Casey: 5; Cumberland: 1; McCreary: 4; Pulaski: 14; Russell: 3; and, Taylor: 2. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.001. This means our total case count is projected to double every 535 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 75-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 11-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 42-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 28-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 25-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 16-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 17-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 50-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 26-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
McCreary: A 69-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 62-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
McCreary: A 61-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 32-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 35-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 43-year-old male who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 46-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 36-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 61-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 10-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 33-year-old female who is released, Resolved;
Pulaski: A 67-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 40-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 52-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 59-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Russell: A 20-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 26-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 39-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 79-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;

The deaths we announce today are: a 53-year-old male from Pulaski; a 69-year-old male from Pulaski; and a 92-year-old female from Wayne – all of whom had been released from public health observation as no longer contagious but later succumbed to lasting complications from the illness.

Unfortunately, due to our high numbers of new cases of late, we now have 0 counties in the “green-on-track” range, and 1 county back in the “red-critical” range. Now, 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 able, however, to report fewer new cases today than for the same time period last week so our districtwide 7-day-average-incidence rate of new cases per 100,000 went down slightly. There are still a high number of new cases per day in our district and this is not surprising since our COVID-19 vaccine uptake rate is lower than the state average in all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. Our citizens need to take the vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 18,110 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 99% of them had not taken any doses of the vaccine. The statistics are even better for those who have been fully vaccinated. For our district, here is where we are with our vaccination rates (the percent of the total population that have taken at least 1 dose of the vaccine):

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%

Don’t forget that at both the world level and in several states, we are seeing increases in new COVID-19 cases. Therefore, please do not assume that the pandemic is completely behind us and take the vaccine as soon as you can. Also, until a significant percentage of the population has taken the vaccine, 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 22,270 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 451,150 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 451,213 statewide minus 63 cases not in Lake Cumberland’s reports but 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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