Health Department reports 79 COVID cases on Monday

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 28.49%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 6 new deaths since our last report. These include one McCreary County resident (unvaccinated), three Pulaski County residents (one vaccinated, one partially vaccinated, and one unvaccinated) and two Wayne County residents (both unvaccinated). We have experienced a total of 863 deaths resulting in a 1.67% mortality rate (about 1 in 60) among known cases. This compares with a 1.12% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.18% 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 101 cases in the hospital. This is 2 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,936 hospitalizations resulting in a 3.74% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 27) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 3.19%. The latest data shows that 81.48% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 32.31% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 51,722 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 24.76% 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 571 cases since our last report from isolation. In all, we have released 98.1% 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 363 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 44; Casey: 21; Clinton: 12; Cumberland: 2; Green: 4; McCreary: 30; Pulaski: 118; Russell: 79; Taylor: 45; and, Wayne: 8.

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 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 get through this backlog of cases. 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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