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COVID-19 News Brief & Vaccination Update 10/14/2021

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.

For the next few days we will be cleaning up our data to make it as accurate as possible. As such, some of our numbers may fluctuate while this is going on. We have had some key staff out of pocket for a few days and have identified a few areas to review, so we can make certain our data is as accurate as possible. Please bear with us. Our numbers are continuing to trend down and we are very happy to see this progress!

Of today's 140 reported cases, 120 (86%) were unvaccinated and 29 of today's cases (21%) 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: 7.91%.


Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 644 deaths resulting in a 1.64% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.28% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.61% mortality rate at the national level.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 85 cases in the hospital. This is 1 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,690 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.3% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.21%. The latest data shows that 96.55% of Lake Cumberland's ICU beds are filled, and 31.58% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 39,340 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 18.83% 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, 1.35% are reinfections, and 5.48% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.99% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 229 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 14; Casey: 15; Clinton: 18; Cumberland: 8; Green: 11; McCreary: 25; Pulaski: 54; Russell: 30; Taylor: 34; and, Wayne: 20. In all, we have released 96.8% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 91 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 597 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, 1,770.

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, 3% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 138 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 4; Casey: 7; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 4; Green: 13; McCreary: 9; Pulaski: 48; Russell: 27; Taylor: 13; and, Wayne: 9. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00297. This means our total case count is projected to double every 234 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

Today we deleted one duplicate case for Pulaski County. We also removed one case for Adair County that had been reported in error.

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 25,271 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.52% were unvaccinated.

Below are our area's COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 10/13/2021).

  • State - 62.00%
  • Taylor - 53.86%
  • Pulaski - 50.71%
  • Russell - 47.29%
  • Green - 42.45%
  • McCreary - 42.26%
  • Wayne - 42.11%
  • Cumberland - 41.79%
  • Clinton - 40.14%
  • Adair - 38.81%
  • Casey - 36.33%


This story was posted on 2021-10-15 08:03:22
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