38 new cases of COVID-19 in Russell County Wednesday

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13.16%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 501 deaths resulting in a 1.83% mortality rate (about 1 in 55) among known cases. This compares with a 1.38% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.65% 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 49 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,436 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.26% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 19) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.62%. The latest data shows that 82.55% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 43.55% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 27,317 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 13.08% 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, 0.88% are reinfections, and 4.7% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 8.35% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 167 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 13; Casey: 12; Clinton: 8; Cumberland: 9; Green: 11; McCreary: 12; Pulaski: 45; Russell: 22; Taylor: 32; and, Wayne: 3. In all, we have released 93.9% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 91 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,168 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, 1,338.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Travel Related. Of our active cases, 21% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 260 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 21; Casey: 29; Clinton: 17; Cumberland: 2; Green: 12; McCreary: 6; Pulaski: 52; Russell: 38; Taylor: 61; and, Wayne: 22. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00789. This means our total case count is projected to double every 88.21 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 08/23/2021 when we added 416 cases.

Today, you may notice a difference in our numbers. One case was moved from Casey to Russell County when an address was corrected.

We are also very sad to report two additional deaths. One was an Adair County resident and the other was a Cumberland County resident (both unvaccinated) who both were in the 70-79 year age group. We extend our deepest sympathies to these families during their terrible losses.

Additionally, out of today’s 260 reported cases, 80 of them were in individuals age 18 or younger.

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