Russell County has 73 active COVID 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.

For the next few days we will be cleaning up our data to make it as accurate as possible. As such, some of our numbers may fluctuate while this is going on. We have had some key staff out of pocket for a few days and have identified a few areas to review, so we can make certain our data is as accurate as possible. Please bear with us.  Our numbers are continuing to trend down and we are very happy to see this progress!

Of today’s 192 reported cases, 161 (84%) were unvaccinated and 50 of today’s cases (26%) 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: 8%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new death since our last report. We have experienced a total of 644 deaths resulting in a 1.64% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.28% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.61% 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 84 cases in the hospital. This is 5 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,686 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.3% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.21%. The latest data shows that 94.83% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 30.26% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 39,202 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 18.77% 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, 1.35% are reinfections, and 5.47% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 5.37% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 153 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 19; Casey: 7; Clinton: 9; Cumberland: 9; Green: 6; McCreary: 13; Pulaski: 50; Russell: 12; Taylor: 18; and, Wayne: 10. In all, we have released 96.6% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 38 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 688 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, 1,770.
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, 10% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 192 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 21; Casey: 7; Clinton: 19; Cumberland: 15; Green: 8; McCreary: 17; Pulaski: 49; Russell: 15; Taylor: 28; and, Wayne: 13. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00316. This means our total case count is projected to double every 219.67 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

The death included in tonight’s report was a Taylor County resident (unvaccinated). We are so very sorry for this family’s loss.

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 25,133 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.53% were unvaccinated.

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