45 new COVID cases in Russell County on Thursday

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 31.6%.

Deaths: We regret we must report 2 new deaths since our last report. Tonight’s reported deaths include a Pulaski County resident (partially vaccinated) and a Taylor County resident (unvaccinated). We have experienced a total of 857 deaths resulting in a 1.68% mortality rate (about 1 in 60) among known cases. This compares with a 1.14% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.2% 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 102 cases in the hospital. This is equal to what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,927 hospitalizations resulting in a 3.78% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 26) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 3.26%. The latest data shows that 79.63% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 26.09% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 51,041 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 24.43% 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.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 831 cases since our last report from isolation. In all, we have released 97.7% of our total 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.

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 630 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 48; Casey: 10; Green: 19; McCreary: 31; Pulaski: 406; Russell: 45; Taylor: 31; and, Wayne: 40.

*Many of the Pulaski County cases reported tonight are from the backlog of cases reported over the past week or so. This type of backlog exists for every county and LCDHD staff are working through them as quickly as possible. There are many, many more positive cases reported each day than we are able to process in a timely manner. We have prioritized our approach and are attempting to work the positive cases in the highest risk groups first. This is an example of why our numbers are not currently accurate in many instances. It is best, at this time, to rely on state data while we work through our backlog. We will be transitioning to incorporating the current state data into this webpage over the coming days.

Due to the surge of COVID cases, LCDHD numbers are incomplete. Each day for the past couple of weeks, there have been many more cases reported than we are able to contact and work. The numbers you are seeing in the report are the ones who were contacted/worked, but it represents a fraction of the true illness present in our communities. Please bear with us as we continue to work our hardest to contact as many positive cases as we are able to reach. We have prioritized our efforts to attempt to reach the most at-risk populations. If you are positive and have not been contacted, please follow the guidance from your provider or check our webpage for current recommendations.

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