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COVID-19 News Brief & Vaccination Update 11/23/2021
By Sam Price
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no local reports available on Thursday or Friday this week. LCDHD staff will continue working positive cases and reports will resume on Monday, November 29.
Of today's 145 reported cases, 119 (82%) were unvaccinated and 49 of today's cases (34%) 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: 6.77%.
Deaths: We regret we must report 12 deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 714 deaths resulting in a 1.69% mortality rate (about 1 in 59) among known cases. This compares with a 1.39% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.61% 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 84 cases in the hospital. This is 3 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,774 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.2% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 24) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.21%. The latest data shows that 88% of Lake Cumberland's ICU beds are filled, and 26.32% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 42,239 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 20.22% 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, 1.42% are reinfections, and 5.08% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases).
Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 78 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 6; Casey: 2; Clinton: 7; Green: 2; McCreary: 13; Pulaski: 26; Russell: 2; Taylor: 7; and, Wayne: 13. In all, we have released 97.1% of our total cases.
Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 54 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 522 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, 1,712.
Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Family, Businesses, and Medical Facilities.
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 145 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 19; Casey: 5; Clinton: 17; Cumberland: 11; Green: 1; McCreary: 17; Pulaski: 37; Russell: 6; Taylor: 9; and, Wayne: 23. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00202. This means our total case count is projected to double every 343.6 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.
The deaths reported today include an Adair County resident (unvaccinated). We also were made aware of 12 additional deaths from a state audit of death certificates. These include: two Adair County residents (one vaccinated, one unvaccinated), a Casey County resident (vaccinated), a Cumberland County resident (unvaccinated), four Pulaski County residents (one vaccinated and three unvaccinated), one Russell County resident (vaccinated) and two Taylor County residents (both unvaccinated).
Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 28,170 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.92% were unvaccinated.
State and local vaccination rates can be found at the following link: https://dashboard.chfs.ky.gov/views/KYPublicFacingDashboard_16191000580170/KentuckyCOVID-19Vaccination?:iid=1&:isGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y&:embed=y
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