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LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 10/18/2020
Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 4.62%.
By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
While we still have 6 of our 10 counties in the "red-range" of community-spread, Green has barely dropped out and Cumberland is now in. Our "red-critical" counties are: Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne. Green County is also very near that mark. Only Casey is in the "yellow-community-spread" range. Green, McCreary, and Pulaski are in the "orange-accelerated" range.
Please, let's all continue to 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 the touching of our faces.
The most common areas where we are seeing cases develop are (in descending order): Businesses, Schools, Places of Worship, and Medical Facilities.
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 36 today: Adair: 5; Casey: 2; Clinton: 13; Cumberland: 3; Pulaski: 1; Russell: 4; Taylor: 4; and, Wayne: 4. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.015. This means our total case count is projected to double every 47.8 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 08/26/2020 when we added 75 cases. Today's new cases include:
Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new death today from Wayne. We have experienced a total of 78 deaths resulting in a 2.15% mortality rate among known cases. This compares with a 1.5% mortality rate at the state level, and a 2.7% morality 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 15 cases in the hospital. This is 2 less than yesterday. The most hospitalizations we have had at any one time was 33 on 09/02/2020. We have had a total of 284 hospitalizations resulting in a 7.83% hospitalization rate among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 7.52%. The latest state data shows that 71.24% of ICU beds and 27.57% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 3,628 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 1.74% of our total population have 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 28 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 10; Casey: 1; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 1; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 1; Russell: 4; Taylor: 5; and, Wayne: 1. In all, we have released 86% of our total cases.
Active (Current) Cases: We added 7 more cases today than we released historic cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 430 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district's 10 counties. We are at our peak number of active cases, 430.
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 3,628 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 87,674 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 87,607 statewide plus 67 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor's/Department for Public Health's daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. The LCDHD is working tirelessly, including nights and weekends, to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact, and to follow-up daily with positive cases. Additionally, we are striving diligently to follow-up on business-related complaints regarding noncompliance with the Governor's Executive Orders. We are also working with any community partner that requests assistance for prevention or post-exposure planning/response.
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