LOCAL NEWS

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 3.22%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new death today. We have experienced a total of 418 deaths resulting in a 1.91% mortality rate (about 1 in 52) among known cases. This compares with a 1.46% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.78% 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 16 cases in the hospital. This is equal to what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,227 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.6% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.93%. The latest data shows that 93.33% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 34.43% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 21,928 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 10.5% 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, 0.46% are reinfections.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 27 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 4; Casey: 6; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 9; Russell: 3; and, Taylor: 3. In all, we have released 97.5% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, we decreased the same number of cases today as we added new cases. This leaves us with 133 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 12/10/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,342.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Family, Businesses, Medical Facilities, and Schools. Of our active cases, 8% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 28 today: Casey: 4; Green: 1; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 6; Russell: 4; Taylor: 9; and, Wayne: 3. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.001. This means our total case count is projected to double every 791.41 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/30/2020 when we added 301 cases.

 

Today’s new cases include:

Casey: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 74-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 17-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 23-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 15-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 31-year-old female who is released, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 31-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 41-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 18-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 25-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 31-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 68-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 50-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 58-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 2-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 1-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 31-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 74-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 37-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 67-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 23-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 26-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

The death we announce today is an 83-year-old individual from Taylor who had been hospitalized.

 

This week is a mixed bag of results: we added fewer new cases but have more active cases and hospitalized cases compared to last week. We added 134 new cases this week compared to 143 new cases last week for the same time period. We had 2 deaths occur during this past week. We have 133 active cases today compared to 130 last Friday. We have 16 hospitalized COVID-19 cases today compared to 10 last Friday. Our 7-day-average incidence rate of new cases per 100,000 is at 9.143 today compared to 9.757 last Friday.

 

Our 7-day average incidence chart is now showing 1 county in the “green-on-track” range, Clinton; 4 counties in the “yellow-community-spread” category, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, and Wayne; and 5 counties in the “orange-accelerated” range of community-spread: Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Russell, and Taylor. We are thankful to not have any “red-critical” counties now. Keep in mind, some of our 7-day-incidence data will be skewed over the next few days as we are reconciling our data against the state data.

 

Don’t forget that at both the world level and in several states, we are seeing sharp increases in new COVID-19 cases. Therefore, please do not assume that the pandemic is completely behind us and take the vaccine as soon as you can.

 

Also, until the vaccine is widely available, and a significant percentage of the population has taken it, let’s all do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing our face coverings, avoiding crowds (especially in confined spaces), social distancing when around others, increasing our hand hygiene, increasing our general sanitation, and by avoiding touching our faces.