53 new cases of COVID-19 in Russell Co. announced Thursday

Russell County saw one of its largest one-day increases of new COVID-19 cases with 53 new cases announced in the county on Thursday.

There are now 147 active cases in the county, and four individuals are hospitalized.

Below is the full report from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department. 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 12.75%.

Deaths: We regret we must report 2 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 490 deaths resulting in a 1.88% mortality rate (about 1 in 53) among known cases. This compares with a 1.41% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.68% 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 41 cases in the hospital. This is 5 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,402 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.38% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 19) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.75%. The latest data shows that 91.11% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 28.57% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 26,061 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 12.48% 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, 0.77% are reinfections, and 4.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 10.08% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 139 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 12; Casey: 13; Clinton: 5; Cumberland: 3; Green: 14; McCreary: 11; Pulaski: 40; Russell: 11; Taylor: 16; and, Wayne: 14. In all, we have released 94.3% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 97 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 988 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): Businesses, Schools, Medical Facilities, and Travel Related. Of our active cases, 34% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 238 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 13; Casey: 19; Clinton: 7; Cumberland: 4; Green: 22; McCreary: 13; Pulaski: 62; Russell: 53; Taylor: 30; and, Wayne: 15. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00632. This means our total case count is projected to double every 109.96 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/30/2020 when we added 301 cases.

We are saddened to report two deaths today – one was a Taylor County resident (vaccinated) who was in the 50-59 year age group, and the other was a Clinton County resident (unvaccinated) who was in the 60-69 year age group. Our hearts break for these families.

Additionally, out of today’s 238 reported cases, 61 of them were in individuals age 18 or younger.

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