More than 200 active cases of COVID in Russell County

Of today’s 362 reported cases, 307 (85%) were unvaccinated and 92 of today’s cases (25%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 11.66%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new death since our last report. We have experienced a total of 579 deaths resulting in a 1.64% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.26% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% 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 36 cases in the hospital. This is equal to what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,572 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.46% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.23%. The latest data shows that 95.83% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 44.16% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 35,258 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.88% 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, 1.23% are reinfections, and 5.35% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 5.1% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 236 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 26; Casey: 5; Clinton: 5; Cumberland: 10; Green: 20; McCreary: 32; Pulaski: 59; Russell: 25; Taylor: 36; and, Wayne: 18. In all, we have released 95% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 125 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,189 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,814.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 11% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 362 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 14; Casey: 10; Clinton: 16; Cumberland: 6; Green: 34; McCreary: 36; Pulaski: 75; Russell: 60; Taylor: 69; and, Wayne: 42. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00862. This means our total case count is projected to double every 80.74 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

We moved one case from Casey County to Pulaski County today when we corrected an address.

The death reported tonight was a Taylor County resident (unvaccinated). We are so sorry for this loss.

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 21,189 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.65% were unvaccinated.

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