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LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 11/4/2020
There were 21 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Adair County on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, and the ten-county area recorded the highest number in the District from the start.
By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
We are at our highest ever number of active cases at 689 and are still seeing very high numbers of new cases. On a bright note, Pulaski dropped back out of the "red-critical" range of community-spread. Therefore, eight of our district's ten counties are now in the "red-critical" range: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Taylor, and Wayne. Pulaski, and Russell are in the "orange-accelerated" range.
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.
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.
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 98 today: Adair: 21; Casey: 9; Clinton: 1; Cumberland: 2; Green: 6; McCreary: 3; Pulaski: 19; Russell: 10; Taylor: 17; and, Wayne: 10. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.017. This means our total case count is projected to double every 40.87 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:
Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 83 deaths resulting in a 1.73% mortality rate (about 1 in 58) among known cases. This compares with a 1.34% mortality rate at the state level, and a 2.47% morality rate at the national level.
Hospitalizations: We presently have 34 cases in the hospital. This is equal to yesterday. The most hospitalizations we have had at any one time was 41 on 10/30/2020. We have had a total of 355 hospitalizations resulting in a 7.38% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 14) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 6.59%. The latest state data shows that 70.98% of ICU beds and 27.96% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 4,810 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 2.3% 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 53 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 10; Casey: 4; Clinton: 5; Cumberland: 6; Green: 3; McCreary: 4; Pulaski: 5; Russell: 5; Taylor: 7; and, Wayne: 4. In all, we have released 84% of our total cases.
Active (Current) Cases: We added 45 more cases today than we released historic cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 689 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district's 10 counties. On 11/04/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 689.
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 4,810 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 113,597 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 113,009 statewide plus 588 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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