Public Information Brief 7.02.20 7:00 PM EDT

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News Release Version

Lake Cumberland District Daily COVID-19 Case Summary

Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in a 6.7% mortality rate among known cases.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 10 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 75 hospitalizations resulting in an 18.5% hospitalization rate among known cases. The latest state data shows that 75.2% of ICU beds and 27% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 8 cases today from isolation (recovered). Released cases include, Adair: 1; Green: 1; Pulaski: 1; Russell: 3; Taylor: 1; and, Wayne: 1. In all, we have released 72.1% of our total cases.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 405 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This has resulted in the health department reaching out to over 2657 individuals during our contact tracing.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 86 active cases in our district across 8 of our 10 counties. Of those active cases, 20 are asymptomatic.

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 18 today: Adair: 1; Casey: 6; Clinton: 1; Pulaski: 4; Russell: 3; Taylor: 1; and, Wayne: 2. The new cases include:

Adair: A 68-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 89-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Casey: A 57-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Casey: A 81-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Casey: A 78-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Casey: A 72-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Casey: A 72-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Clinton: A 64-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Pulaski: A 68-year-old female who has been released
Pulaski: A 38-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Pulaski: A 53-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Pulaski: A 72-year-old female who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Russell: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 41-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Russell: A 69-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
Taylor: A 25-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
Wayne: A 59-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
Wayne: A 40-year-old female who has been released

This was a difficult day. We experienced near-record numbers of new and active cases, plus our hospitalization utilization increased. Clearly, COVID-19 is actively spreading in our communities. At the state level, hospitalization data suggests both an increase in COVID-19 related hospitalizations and Emergency Room visits. We remind everyone that our best chance for slowing the spread is for everyone to wear a mask when out in public, to avoid crowds, to social distance (stay 6-feet from others), to wash their hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, to stay home if they have a fever or are coughing, to increase sanitation, and to avoid touching their faces.

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 405 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 16,105 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across All 120 Kentucky Counties as of 07/02/20 (this includes 16,079 statewide plus 26 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s/Department for Public Health’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. The LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

For more statistics and local data go to LCDHD COVID-19 Information.


Additional Guidance

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: 1) between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), 2) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

  • Avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly.
  • Wear a mask when out in public.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or are coughing.
  • Increase sanitation.
  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Performing case and close contact investigations and issuing isolation and quarantine orders for positive COVID-19 cases and high-risk close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • Taking every opportunity to remind the public to individually observe COVID-19 prevention guidance.
  • Responding to issues of non-compliance with the Governor’s order to close down businesses specifically told to shut down for a period of time and also operating businesses not complying with precautionary re-opening measures.
  • Reviewing the Governor's reopening of the economy guidance and fielding community questions regarding such; and, assisting businesses with their planning efforts.
  • Reviewing the Governor's school reopening guidance and assisting area schools with their planning efforts.
  • Providing weekly meetings to update the media and public on COVID-19 in our region.
  • Planning for mass immunization clinics once a vaccine is available in our area.
  • Consulting with long-term care facilities regarding best practices for preventing COVID-19; and, responding to positive cases.
  • Participating in as-needed calls with long-term care facilities and offering guidance and support.
  • Helping to coordinate testing sites.
  • Helping to monitor Personal Protective Equipment in key medical and long-term care facilities.

Sources: KYCOVID19@ky.gov and Daily Lake Cumberland Lab Reports

Note: The charts and tables on our site may exclude “out-of-state” positives and positives in Kentucky with unknown county locations. The data may be a day behind while specific locations of cases are confirmed. Lake Cumberland’s information in various public information releases may not match the Governor’s numbers since our offices and his receive information on a different time interval. Lake Cumberland Data on the charts and tables are based on what we know locally at any given moment. Please see our daily news brief under "News" on our homepage for our most recent local case count.

Regardless of local confirmed case count, we assume that COVID-19 is widely spread across all Lake Cumberland Counties.

37 thoughts on “Public Information Brief 7.02.20 7:00 PM EDT

  1. Thank-You for posting the Covid-19 current information. I have followed your posts from the beginning and I see hope coming to life again. I have been home-bound even before this virus came along. My problem was from my throat closing up without warning. Very Scary. So I stayed home where I felt safe. Gave 911 my name and address, in case I needed assistance, they can have EMS get to me fast. Thanks again for everything you've all done to help keep our community safe. Everyone right now working in the medical field must have nerves of steel, and still smile while working. God Bless.

      1. Mr. Crabtree,
        When will we be able to visit our family members in nursing homes and move loved ones into assisted living facilities from nursing homes in Somerset?

        1. Nursing homes, of course, are the most challenging setting. It's full of people who are the most vulnerable. And, they are in an enclosed space. We've seen all across the state, nation, and world just how devastating COVID-19 can be when it gets inside of one of these facilities. To answer your question, though, we don't know. Like you we are waiting on the Governor's guidance. Some nursing homes are doing some things like bringing the patients outside and letting families visit from behind a barrier socially distanced at 6 or more feet away. Maybe you could request such a visit.

          We're so sorry that COVID-19 is keeping you away from your loved one. It is heartbreaking, for sure.

    1. I'll have to get with my environmental department to confirm, but mt understanding is that all staff have to wear a mask. The public is encouraged to wear a mask. All businesses have to enforce 6-foot social distancing.

  2. What is the total population across the 10 county lake Cumberland area an how does the total number of COVID-19 cases fall in the percentage for the lake Cumberland area population

  3. Thank you so much for all the work you guys are doing and for the postings. So glad we have someone who cares.

  4. Thank you for the updates. Do not live in that district anymore but have friends and family in taylor county and you guys and the emergency management services are the only ones reporting cases there. The county judge is not saying a word.

    1. The County-Judges and other elected leaders are under tremendous pressure to see things get "back to normal". We must all be sensitive to the fact that COVID-19 not only impacts health but also impacts many other important aspects of society upon which we all very much depend and enjoy. It's a difficult position for our elected leaders to face. Through these difficult times, let's try very hard to be understanding in regards to all the challenges COVID-19 creates.

      My suggestion would be that if you want your elected officials to provide more information, reach out to them and ask them to do so. The health department provides the county leadership with real-time COVID-19 information and daily status reports.

  5. I really appreciate the information provided to me on lcdhd website. I am truly amazed at how some people still think this is all a made up thing. One of my friends even said that after the election it will all be over! I live in Taylor & it is obvious by the increase in active cases that people in general have gotten careless about taking precautions. I do have a question: I know this a different strain of flu than what the 2019 vaccine was for but is it possible that someone that had the vaccine can fight Covid-19 better? Maybe not get as sick or even require hospitalization?

    1. I'm sorry, but the genetic makeup of a flu type virus is totally different from that of a corona type virus. So, a flu vaccine would be ineffective for a corona type virus. Thank you for the positive feedback, by the way.

    2. Thank you for the response. I understand they have a town to run. But they have had 19 cases since 6/9 and 14 of them have in the past week. Plus the county Judge oked people to let the kids play on playgrounds that I thought were still closed. That does not make the town any money. This is plan and simple the good ol boys network controlling the town and is a political issue. This virus is not political. Lchd needs to ask the elected officials in taylor county to inform the citizens of the high risk and need to wear mask in public and social distance. Because so many people there trust there info on what to do from the wrong people. So with out the radio stations and officials speaking out they are at risk. Just some one can get there way.

      1. I will refrain from speaking in regards to the politicizing of a pandemic (which is a bad idea at any level of government). I can say that both LCDHD provides news briefs daily on our website and via social media; and, your local Emergency Management Offices also provide regular updates. We also update the elected County Officials of new cases in real-time and encourage them to help us promote the COVID-19 prevention information.

        Since there is no vaccine for this virus, it will potentially impact 65 to 70 percent of the population unless a vaccine is developed first. We know we can't stop the spread of this virus, we can only hope to slow it to the point that the public health and medical infrastructures aren't overwhelmed. The public can help in this effort by observing the guidance.

  6. If workers in a restaurant are exposed and their test comes back positive, will the other workers and public be made aware so they can be tested?

    1. When we do our case investigation, we get a list of all close contacts and reach out to them to determine their risk for exposure.

  7. If you think you may have been exposed, possibly at a doctor appointment, due to travel, or a gathering, how many days after possible exposure should you get tested? If you get tested too soon, is it possible to receive a false negative?

    1. From our Medical Director: If you think you have been exposed you may become symptomatic around 5 days after exposure, but it can be as late as 14 days after. That is why we quarantine people for 14 days after exposure. I do not recommend getting tested unless symptoms occur however if you are going to get tested then about 4-5 days after exposure.

    1. My Environmental Director says

      Swimming pools must be inspected before they can open this year and must follow both the Healthy at Work Minimum Requirements along with the guidance for swimming pools.

  8. If someone can't buy or make a mask, is there anywhere they can go to get free masks? If I am asked, I can point them in the right direction. I have been making masks & was wondering if and where I can donate them to? I see so many people not wearing masks. Yesterday in Kroger's besides the employees & myself hardly anyone was wearing a mask.

    1. First, thank you so much for your concern and act of kindness. There are probably lots of stores that would let you set out a box of masks marked, "free". I fear complacency is a bigger issue than is availability. Folks can wear a bandana as an effective cloth barrier. Remember, cloth masks don't protect you from the virus. Cloth masks help to prevent someone who has the virus from spreading by keeping their droplets more contained.

  9. Why are we opening up bars to more capacity when that seems to be the reason for the spikes in other states?

    1. Any situation at the moment that encourages gathering isn't a good idea from a "public health" perspective. However, for the public's mental and (non-COVID related) physical, health, we can't say locked down forever.

      What we need is a balance between a complete return to normal and some good common sense precautions (wearing masks, avoiding crowds, keeping a 6-foot social distance, hand-washing, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increased sanitation, and the avoidance of touching one's face). However, the public seems very complacent with following this guidance.

      What opens and how quickly things open are up to the Governor's Office. The Governor is trying to balance how much can things return to normal without causing such spikes in cases that the public health and medical capacities are exceeded. We can't stop the spread of COVID-19, we only hope to mitigate it (slow it so the medical infrastructures aren't overwhelmed).

  10. With the cases related to restaurants, is it transmitted from employee to customer or vice versa, or is it spread among employees? Also are these restaurants following guidelines and still having transmission or are they disregarding the guidance? I think you guys are doing a great job and thank you for keeping the public informed!

    1. For now, it is mostly people who catch it outside of but happen to work at a restaurant. There has been limited spread between employees, and I am unaware of employee to customer transmission at this point.

      I am personally much more concerned about the transmission that might be happening from customer to customer in dine-in restaurants where social distancing is not maintained. There are a good number of people who catch COVID-19 for whom we are unable to determine from whom or from where they contracted it.

      1. Are you finding that new positive cases are participating in multiple risky behaviors, such as eating in at restaurants, going to movies, and going to church, making it more difficult to track down which encounter was the vector?

        1. That's all over the board. Some have been in close contact with very few people. Some with dozens. It just depends.

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