Russell County now at 204 active cases

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department.

Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

Due to some technical difficulties with the reporting system tonight, this is an abbreviated, shortened version of our usual report. We hope to have everything straightened out by tomorrow evening. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Of today’s 299 reported cases, 267 (89%) were unvaccinated and 92 of today’s cases (31%) 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: 14.16%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 5 new deaths since our last report.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 49 cases in the hospital. The latest data shows that 97.83% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 38.36% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 31,279 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 14.97% 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, 1.14% are reinfections, and 5.35% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 7.17% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Family, Businesses, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 19% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

The five deaths we report tonight include three Pulaski County residents (two unvaccinated, 1 vaccinated), one Taylor County resident (unvaccinated) and a Green County resident (unvaccinated).

We also deleted one case in Taylor County and two cases in Wayne County that were found to be duplicates.

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 17,210 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.65% were unvaccinated.

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