46 new COVID cases reported in Russell County ; health dept says actual number is higher

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 33.06%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths since our last report. Tonight’s reported deaths include a Pulaski County resident (unvaccinated) and a Wayne County resident (unvaccinated). We have experienced a total of 853 deaths resulting in a 1.73% mortality rate (about 1 in 58) among known cases. This compares with a 1.18% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.21% 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 95 cases in the hospital. This is 4 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,912 hospitalizations resulting in a 3.88% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 26) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 3.35%. The latest data shows that 87.04% 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 49,337 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 23.62% 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 826 cases since our last report from isolation. In all, we have released 97.8% of our total cases.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Long-term Care/Residential Facilities, Schools, Family, and Businesses.

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 642 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 35; Casey: 30; Clinton: 18; Cumberland: 18; Green: 8; McCreary: 237*; Pulaski: 141; Russell: 46; Taylor: 45; and, Wayne: 64.

*Many of the McCreary 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.

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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