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LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 11/2/2020
By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
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.
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 87 today: Adair: 8; Casey: 6; Clinton: 1; Cumberland: 5; Green: 6; McCreary: 3; Pulaski: 32; Russell: 2; Taylor: 10; and, Wayne: 14. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.016. This means our total case count is projected to double every 43.49 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 10/28/2020 when we added 91 cases.
It should be noted that, due to the recent surge in cases, and due to a medical absence of one of our key staff, we are behind entering a significant number of cases into the state system. While our local numbers are current (as reported in our news briefs, and on our webpages), the numbers reported by the Governor's Office and posted on the state's COVID-19 webpage will be significantly off. We have reported this through the State Department for Public Health to the Governor's Office. In any event, please utilize our local data for the time being.
Where are Cases Tied to: The most common areas to where we are seeing cases tied are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Places of Worship.
Today's new cases include:
Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 82 deaths resulting in a 1.78% mortality rate (about 1 in 56) among known cases. This compares with a 1.36% mortality rate at the state level, and a 2.5% morality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
The death we are reporting is a 73-year-old male from Green. Nine of our ten counties are now in the "red-critical" range: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne. Pulaski is the only county in the "orange-accelerated" range of community-spread.
Hospitalizations: We presently have 33 cases in the hospital. This is 9 less than yesterday. The most hospitalizations we have had at any one time was 40 on 10/30/2020. We have had a total of 349 hospitalizations resulting in a 7.58% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 13) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 6.57%. The latest state data shows that 68.88% of ICU beds and 29.32% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 4,607 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 2.21% 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 103 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 17; Casey: 3; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 7; Green: 5; McCreary: 5; Pulaski: 26; Russell: 7; Taylor: 22; and, Wayne: 7. In all, we have released 85% of our total cases.
Active (Current) Cases: We released 17 more cases today than we added new cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 610 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district's 10 counties. On 11/01/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 626.
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 4,607 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 110,129 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 109,670 statewide plus 459 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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