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COVID-19 News Brief & Vaccination Update 9/21/2021

By Sam Price
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

IMPORTANT - Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you've tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department.

Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

Of today's 318 reported cases, 286 (90%) were unvaccinated and 105 of today's cases (33%) 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: 11.95%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 6 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 578 deaths resulting in a 1.66% mortality rate (about 1 in 60) 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 36 cases in the hospital. This is 2 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,568 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.49% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.24%. The latest data shows that 93.75% of Lake Cumberland's ICU beds are filled, and 46.75% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 34,896 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.71% 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, 1.22% are reinfections, and 5.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.55% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 250 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 22; Casey: 17; Clinton: 9; Cumberland: 9; Green: 12; McCreary: 25; Pulaski: 51; Russell: 38; Taylor: 42; and, Wayne: 25. In all, we have released 95.3% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 62 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,064 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, 1,814.

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, 15% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 318 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 46; Casey: 19; Clinton: 20; Cumberland: 16; Green: 11; McCreary: 9; Pulaski: 67; Russell: 44; Taylor: 64; and, Wayne: 22. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00862. This means our total case count is projected to double every 80.73 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 Casey County's numbers tonight due to an incorrect report.

The deaths reported tonight include a Wayne County resident (unvaccinated), a McCreary County resident (unvaccinated), a Cumberland County resident (unvaccinated) and three Pulaski County residents (two were unvaccinated and one was 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 20,827 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.70% were unvaccinated.

Below are our area's COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 9/17/2021).

  • State - 59.00%
  • Taylor - 51.69%
  • Pulaski - 48.33%
  • Russell - 45.61%
  • McCreary - 40.34%
  • Green - 40.32%
  • Cumberland - 39.90%
  • Wayne - 39.69%
  • Clinton - 37.56%
  • Adair - 37.27%
  • Casey - 34.75%

This story was posted on 2021-09-22 11:46:06
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