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COVID-19 News Brief and Vaccination Update 9/27/2021
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 www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.
Of today's 429 reported cases, 385 (90%) were unvaccinated and 123 of today's cases (29%) 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: 10.55%.
Hospitalizations: We presently have 45 cases in the hospital. This is 5 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,597 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.4% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.2%. The latest data shows that 100% of Lake Cumberland's ICU beds are filled, and 40.79% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.
Deaths: Today, we report 10 deaths for our district. Four Adair County residents (all unvaccinated), one Casey County resident, one Green County resident, one McCreary County resident, one Pulaski County resident, one Russell County resident and one Taylor County resident - all unvaccinated. We are so sorry for the losses these families and our communities are enduring.
Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 36,295 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 17.38% 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, 1.27% are reinfections, and 5.4% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.29% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.
Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 638 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 30; Casey: 44; Clinton: 12; Cumberland: 30; Green: 26; McCreary: 76; Pulaski: 180; Russell: 84; Taylor: 80; and, Wayne: 76. In all, we have released 95.8% of our total cases.
Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 219 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 937 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, 1,816.
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, 5% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).
New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 429 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 38; Casey: 10; Clinton: 8; Cumberland: 10; Green: 49; McCreary: 64; Pulaski: 124; Russell: 21; Taylor: 59; and, Wayne: 46. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00683. This means our total case count is projected to double every 101.81 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.
Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 22,226 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.60% were unvaccinated.
Below are our area's COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 9/24/2021).
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