COVID-19 News Brief & Vaccination Update 1.18.21 5:00 PM EST

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Lake Cumberland District Daily COVID-19 Case Summary

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 11.64%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 4 new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 299 deaths resulting in a 1.82% mortality rate (about 1 in 55) among known cases. This compares with a 0.96% mortality rate at the state level, and a 1.66% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 83 cases in the hospital. This is 3 more than what we reported yesterday. We have had a total of 930 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.66% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.67%. The latest data shows that 84.44% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 38.18% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 16,440 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 7.87% of our total population have 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.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 129 cases today from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 3; Casey: 14; Clinton: 16; Cumberland: 1; Green: 9; McCreary: 9; Pulaski: 46; Russell: 9; Taylor: 12; and, Wayne: 10. In all, we have released 93.4% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 55 more than the new cases we added today. This leaves us with 781 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 12/10/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,340.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Businesses, Family, Schools, and Long-term Care/Residential Facilities. We have had 65 cases tied to Christmas gaterings, 43 tied to Thanksgiving gatherings, and 15 tied to New Year’s events. Of our active cases, 16% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 78 today: Adair: 5; Casey: 7; Clinton: 6; Cumberland: 8; Green: 3; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 21; Russell: 9; Taylor: 7; and, Wayne: 10. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.008. This means our total case count is projected to double every 91.57 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/30/2020 when we added 301 cases. Today’s new cases include:

Adair: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 22-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 30-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Adair: A 81-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 12-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 58-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 57-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 68-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Casey: A 61-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 58-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 49-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Clinton: A 54-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 14-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Clinton: A 71-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 84-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 59-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 72-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 68-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 26-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 6-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Cumberland: A 3-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Cumberland: A 7-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 27-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 80-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Green: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 76-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
McCreary: A 81-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 68-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 26-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 54-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 72-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 23-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 59-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 53-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 65-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 40-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 73-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 24-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 54-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 83-year-old female who is released, 1/17/21;
Pulaski: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 36-year-old female who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Pulaski: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 58-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 25-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Pulaski: A 35-year-old male who is self-isolated, Unknown;
Pulaski: A 79-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 71-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 16-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 60-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 68-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 65-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 70-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 67-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Russell: A 30-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 84-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 20-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 68-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 13-year-old male who is self-isolated, Asymptomatic;
Taylor: A 82-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 17-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Taylor: A 31-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 48-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 34-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 50-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 48-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 37-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 66-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 27-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 65-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 19-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;
Wayne: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic;

After several days of no new COVID-19 related deaths, we unfortunately must report 4 new deaths today: a 64-year-old male from Clinton who had been hospitalized; a 76-year-old female from Pulaski who had been hospitalized; a 64-year-old male from Pulaski who had been hospitalized, who had been released from public health observation as no longer contagious, but later succumbed to lasting complications from the illness; and a 63-year-old male from Wayne who had been hospitalized.

We are glad our cases are still trending downward. Until the vaccine is widely available, let’s all do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing our face coverings, avoiding crowds (especially in confined spaces), social distancing when around others, increasing our hand hygiene, increasing our general sanitation, and by avoiding the touching of our faces.

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 16,440 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 329,240 confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of today (this includes 328,668 statewide plus 572 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 tirelessly, including nights and weekends, to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact, and to follow-up with positive cases when ready to be released. Additionally, we are striving diligently to follow-up on business-related complaints regarding noncompliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders. We are also working with any community partner that requests assistance for prevention or post-exposure planning/response. Finally, we are working with all community partners regarding vaccination planning.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Here is an article we recently published: COVID-19 Vaccine, Patience is Needed.

The Lake Cumberland area will contiue in Phase 1a of our COVID-19 response, but will now also be expanding into 1b, first responders and school staff. Also, do not forget about the federal contract with Walgreens and CVS pharmacies to vaccinate the long-term care facilities and personal care homes — residents and staff.

We are not pre-registering for future vaccination phases currently, as vaccines are not readily available at the local health departments.

Added to the 500 doses per week Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital will still be receiving, our area is expected to receive COVID-19 vaccine for the Adair, Casey, and Clinton County school staff this week. The week of January 25th we expect vaccine for school staff in Cumberland, Green, Russell, and Wayne, along with part of the school staff in Pulaski. The week of February 1st, we expect to receive vaccine for the school staff in McCreary and the remainder of Pulaski. The push to vaccinate school staff will likely tie up most of the state’s vaccine supply during these weeks.

As we learn more, we will post it.

COVID-19 Vaccination Phases

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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.
  • Working with all community partners on vaccination planning.

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.