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LCDHD COVID-19 Public Information Brief January 10, 2022

By Sam Price
Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Due to the surge of COVID cases, as well as the recent weather-related closures and holidays, the health department is behind on getting cases investigated and contacted. As such, the nightly numbers and reports will be skewed until we can catch up.

LCDHD will be providing this abbreviated version of the report until further notice in an attempt to provide our communities with as much information as we can under these circumstances. Just know that as high as the cases are that we are reporting, there are many, many more that we have not yet been able to contact. There is a great deal of sickness in our communities at this time.

While we are seeing many respiratory and flu-like illnesses, there is certainly a significant increase in COVID cases being reported. It is now more important than ever that you consider getting vaccinated or boosted, if you have not done so. Wearing a mask that is snug and clean when in crowded public spaces and proper hand washing are critical.

If you have tested positive for COVID and have not been contacted by the health department, please follow the guidelines posted on our webpage and social media sites. You should use your positive test result paperwork as your proof, should you need documentation for a school or employer.

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 26.33%.
All LCDHD Counties remain in the RED transmission category.

Deaths: We are sad to report 4 new deaths since our last report. The deaths include an Adair County resident (unvaccinated), a Pulaski County resident (unvaccinated), a Russell County resident (unvaccinated) and a Wayne County resident (unvaccinated). Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 87 cases in the hospital. The latest data shows that 86% of Lake Cumberland's ICU beds are filled, and 28.99% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 338 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 35; Casey: 7; Clinton: 2; Cumberland: 39; Green: 2; McCreary: 15; Pulaski: 77; Russell: 57; Taylor: 63; and, Wayne: 41 The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

This story was posted on 2022-01-11 07:31:50
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