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LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 11/3/2020
One death in Adair and 17 new cases were added on Election Day. The total case count increased in the ten county health district by 105 - Adair: 17; Casey: 9; Clinton: 6; Cumberland: 1; Green: 6; McCreary: 5; Pulaski: 25; Russell: 4; Taylor: 18; and, Wayne: 14.
New case growth rate is: 1.017. This means our total case count is projected to double every 40.54 days. This was the most new cases ever added in a single day.
By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
We added a record number of new cases today, 106. We have the most active cases ever, 644. Nine of our district's ten counties are now in the "red-critical" range: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Taylor, and Wayne. Only Russell is in the "orange-accelerated" range. With the increased volume of new cases we are experiencing daily, the health department is struggling to keep up with investigations and contact tracing. Cases coming in during the afternoon are sometimes being pushed until the next day. If our capacity becomes exceeded and we are not able to contact trace effectively and quarantine high-risk close contacts, the chances of increased community-spread goes up substantially.
At this point, the safest thing to do would be for everyone to assume that you are going to encounter a positive case. Therefore, 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.
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.
Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 6.24%.
Deaths: We regret we must report 1 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 83 deaths resulting in a 1.76% mortality rate (about 1 in 57) among known cases. This compares with a 1.35% mortality rate at the state level, and a 2.48% 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 34 cases in the hospital. This is 1 more than yesterday. The most hospitalizations we have had at any one time was 40 on 10/30/2020. We have had a total of 351 hospitalizations resulting in a 7.45% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 13) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 6.59%. The latest state data shows that 72.4% of ICU beds and 28.87% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 4,712 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 2.26% 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 70 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 10; Casey: 2; Clinton: 10; Cumberland: 13; Green: 8; Pulaski: 15; Russell: 5; Taylor: 3; and, Wayne: 4. In all, we have released 84.6% of our total cases.
Active (Current) Cases: We added 34 more cases today than we released historic cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 644 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district's 10 counties. On 11/03/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 644.
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.
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 105 today: Adair: 17; Casey: 9; Clinton: 6; Cumberland: 1; Green: 6; McCreary: 5; Pulaski: 25; Russell: 4; Taylor: 18; and, Wayne: 14. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.017. This means our total case count is projected to double every 40.54 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 11/03/2020 when we added 106 cases. Today's new cases include:
We are reporting 1 new death today, a 67-year-old male from Adair who had been hospitalized. We also reported a 73-year-old male from Green yesterday. He had also been hospitalized.
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 4,712 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 111,902 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 111,379 statewide plus 523 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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