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LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 2/19/2021
By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Our cases continue to drop. We now have 6 counties in the "orange-critical" range of community-spread: Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Pulaski, and Wayne. Only 4 counties are in the "red-critical" range of community-spread: Adair, Green, Russell, and Taylor.
While some of this is weather related (folks didn't get tested during the blizzard), the numbers are going down on a world, national, state, and local level. This is due to 3 factors: 1) the vaccines are starting to work, 2) a substantial number of people have had and recovered from the disease, and 3) folks are still being careful with masking, avoiding crowds, and social distancing.
Until the vaccine is widely available, 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.
Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 6.89%.
Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 352 deaths resulting in a 1.78% mortality rate (about 1 in 56) among known cases. This compares with a 1.12% mortality rate at the state level, and a 1.77% 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 39 cases in the hospital. This is 2 less than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 1,096 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.53% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.67%. The latest data shows that 91.11% of Lake Cumberland's ICU beds are filled, and 32.26% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 19,811 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 9.48% 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 107 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 5; Casey: 4; Clinton: 5; Cumberland: 1; Green: 6; McCreary: 4; Pulaski: 28; Russell: 31; Taylor: 16; and, Wayne: 7. In all, we have released 96% of our total cases.
Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 50 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 448 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): Businesses, Family, Schools, and Jail/Prison Related. Of our active cases, 16% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 59 today: Adair: 12; Casey: 2; Clinton: 3; Cumberland: 4; Green: 2; McCreary: 3; Pulaski: 10; Russell: 17; and, Taylor: 6. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.003. This means our total case count is projected to double every 231.85 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:
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 19,811 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 395,350 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 394,687 statewide plus 663 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 with positive cases when ready to be released. Additionally, we are striving diligently to follow-up on business-related complaints regarding noncompliance with the COVID-19 guidance. We are also working with any community partner that requests assistance for prevention or post-exposure planning/response. Finally, we are working with all community partners regarding vaccination planning.
This story was posted on 2021-02-20 06:41:16
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