Clinton cases spike, six new in the past week

Posted July 21, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Clinton County, like the entire state of Kentucky, had it’s worst week yet in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a notable rise in new cases on both fronts, as well as across the 10 county Lake Cumberland District Health Department.

In Clinton County during the past week, six new cases of COVID-19 were announced by Clinton County Judge/Executive Ricky Craig and EMS Director Lucas Abner, after receiving that news from LCDHD officials.

With just two active cases last Wednesday, as the state numbers spiked, suddently so did Clinton County case numbers.

News of the newest case of COVID-19 in Clinton County came late Monday evening when Craig called the Clinton County News to announce he had been notified by the LCDHD that another new case had been added to the Clinton County tally.

“It’s our 15th case overall and it is a 25 year-old female who is symptomatic but self isolated,” Craig said in a telephone call Monday evening.

Monday’s newest case was the sixth new case announced in Clinton County in a five day span.

On Thursday, officials added three new cases to the Clinton County totals, including a 43 year-old male and a 53 year old male, both suffering symptons, in addition to a 61 year-old male who was listed as being without symptoms, or asymptomatic.

On Sunday, two additional new cases were added to the list, including a 37 year-old female with symptons and a 57 year-old female who was asymptomatic.

All of the new cases were listed as being self-isolated.

During that same time, officials with LCDHD released one Clinton County active case on Sunday, according to the department’s daily public information brief.

One positive aspect of the case tally from the past week across the LCDHD district was that during the past few days, officials had announced that they had released more cases as recovered from the total, than they had added new cases.

“We are pleased we have released more than we have added as new cases the last couple of days,” Amy Tomlinson, spokesperson for the LCDHD, noted in Monday’s public information brief.

During a four day stretch between Friday and Monday, 104 cases were released as being recovered, while 75 new cases were added during that same four-day period.

Monday’s total case numbers across the district showed 242 current cases, which was the lowest number of cases since Tuesday, July 14, when the district totals included 231 current cases.

Closing the week out on Saturday, Tomlinson, noted in that days briefing that it had been the worst week across the 10 county district since the pandemic began.

“This was the hardest week, in terms of the raw number of new cases, since the onset of the outbreak,” Tomlinson said Saturday. “The daily workload generated over the last three weeks has been tremendous. For the third week in a row, our new case rate per 100,000 has been bhigher than the stae average. Three weeks ago, our weekly new cases were 75, last week 150 and this week, 164.”

On behalf of the LCDHD staff, Tomlinson urged the public to continue to be aware that the virus is ever present and precautions continue to be needed in the battle against it’s spread.

“Please don’t become complacent with wearing your face covering, avoiding crowds, social distancing, washing your hands frequently, increased sanitation, and with the avoidance of touching your face,” she said.

In Monday’s case report, it was Casey County with 63 cases that was the highest across the district, with six hospitalized patients.

Pulaski County had 52 cases, one of which is hospitalized, Adair with 27 cases, all self-isolated, Taylor with 23 cases including two hospitalized, Russell County with 20 self-isolated cases, Wayne County with 15 cases including one that is hospitalized Green County with 11 self-isolated cases, Cumberland County with nine cases including one hospitalizedm McCreary County with two cases, one of which is hospitalized and Clinton County with six current cases, all self-isolated.