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LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 9/16/2021

By Amy Tomlinson
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Of today's 466 reported cases, 415 (89%) were unvaccinated and 130 of today's cases (28%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven't, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13%.

Deaths: We regret we must report 9 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 568 deaths resulting in a 1.69% mortality rate (about 1 in 59) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% 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 35 cases in the hospital. This is 11 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,552 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.62% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.28%. The latest data shows that 95.65% of Lake Cumberland's ICU beds are filled, and 41.56% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 33,618 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.09% of our total population has 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. Of our total cases, 1.2% are reinfections, and 5.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.78% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 302 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 27; Casey: 18; Clinton: 10; Cumberland: 8; Green: 17; McCreary: 27; Pulaski: 89; Russell: 42; Taylor: 38; and, Wayne: 26. In all, we have released 94.7% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 153 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,200 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district's 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,813.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 14% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 464 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 35; Casey: 39; Clinton: 14; Cumberland: 17; Green: 19; McCreary: 47; Pulaski: 124; Russell: 62; Taylor: 57; and, Wayne: 50. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00873. This means our total case count is projected to double every 79.74 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

Today we moved one case from Taylor County to Adair County after address verification. We also deleted a duplicate case in Green County.

The deaths reported tonight include a Green County and a Cumberland County resident (both unvaccinated). We are so sorry for these losses. In addition, the state has reported some additional deaths they found upon review of death certificates. These include four McCreary County residents (all unvaccinated), one Pulaski County resident (vaccinated) and two Taylor County residents (one vaccinated and one not vaccinated).

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 19,549 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.70% were unvaccinated.

This story was posted on 2021-09-17 06:04:43
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