Seven new cases of COVID in Russell County on Monday

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 10.78%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 480 deaths resulting in a 1.96% mortality rate (about 1 in 51) among known cases. This compares with a 1.48% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.72% 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 35 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,350 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.52% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.93%. The latest data shows that 91.11% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 22.73% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 24,453 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 11.71% 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, 0.66% are reinfections, and 3.47% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 15.24% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 230 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 21; Casey: 17; Clinton: 15; Cumberland: 3; Green: 21; McCreary: 15; Pulaski: 93; Russell: 16; Taylor: 23; and, Wayne: 6. In all, we have released 96% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 134 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 504 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, Family, Schools, and Jail/Prison Related. Of our active cases, 17% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 98 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 3; Casey: 10; Clinton: 3; Cumberland: 2; Green: 12; McCreary: 5; Pulaski: 25; Russell: 7; Taylor: 28; and, Wayne: 3. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.0035. This means our total case count is projected to double every 198.28 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 additional deaths this evening – an Adair County resident (unvaccinated) who had previously been released from isolation, but later succumbed to lasting effects of the illness; and a Casey County resident (unvaccinated) who had previously been released from isolation, but later succumbed to lasting effects of the illness. Our hearts break for these families.  Both were in the 65+ age range.

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