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LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief 9/20/2021

By Sam Price
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Of today's 526 reported cases, 460 (87%) were unvaccinated and 137 of today's cases (26%) 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: 12.18%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 572 deaths resulting in a 1.65% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) 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 38 cases in the hospital. This is 1 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,562 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.52% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.24%. The latest data shows that 59.55% of Lake Cumberland's ICU beds are filled, and 45.83% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 34,578 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.55% 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, 1.21% are reinfections, and 5.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.61% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 776 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 72; Casey: 49; Clinton: 18; Cumberland: 28; Green: 48; McCreary: 77; Pulaski: 199; Russell: 95; Taylor: 117; and, Wayne: 73. In all, we have released 95.4% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 253 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 1,002 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, 20% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 525 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 32; Casey: 36; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 26; Green: 30; McCreary: 73; Pulaski: 137; Russell: 54; Taylor: 73; and, Wayne: 60. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00887. This means our total case count is projected to double every 78.46 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

We removed one case from Russell County's numbers tonight that had been previously reported, as it did not meet case definition after further investigation.

The deaths reported tonight include a Russell County resident (unvaccinated) and a Pulaski County resident (vaccinated). We are so sorry for these losses.

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 20,509 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.70% were unvaccinated.

This story was posted on 2021-09-21 06:42:09
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