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Covid-19 Update: Cases on the rise again
May 30, 2020 at 6:29:38pmCT - Cases are on the rise again and there's one new death, a 69-year-old male from Taylor County. Our [LCDHD] mortality rate is high when compared to world, national, and state numbers, at 11.6%.
Amy Tomlinson, Lake Cumberland District Health Department
After weeks of decline, positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise at the state and local levels.
This is the result of two factors:
1) social distancing restrictions have been relaxed as the economy is reopened, and 2) a failure of a significant number of the public to avoid crowds or to wear masks.
The daily growth rate for the world is ramping up and is now at 1.08 (meaning new cases double what they were nine days prior). This is a frightening growth rate and one we hope we don't see again in the U.S. or Kentucky. When new cases are doubling quicker than roughly fourteen days, this means that there are more new active cases being added than there are recovered cases being removed.
We'll watch all trend data closely over the coming days. We're sad to report one new death today, a 69-year-old male from Taylor County. Our mortality rate is high when compared to world, national, and state numbers, at 11.6%. We report two new cases today, both in Pulaski: a 65-year-old male and a 6-year-old male. We now have 11 active cases. After three weeks of decline, this represents the second week of growth in active cases.
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 226 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 9,707 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 118 Kentucky Counties as of 05/30/20 (this includes 9,704 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor's daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
As stated earlier, after three weeks of decline, this week marks the second week of growth in active cases for the Lake Cumberland area. This underscores that COVID-19 is still with us and growing by way of community-spread. So, please, do not be complacent. Avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk.
This story was posted on 2020-06-01 05:39:27
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