Clinton case numbers include second local death, cases are down

Posted September 8, 2020 at 1:36 pm

Clinton County’s COVID-19 case count has remained steady over the course of the past week, but sadly, it was reported that one of the patients who had been hospitalized passed away last week.

Last week’s COVID-19 related death of a Clinton County patient marks the second local resident who has died as a result of the virus.

The name of the patients who have died from COVID-19 are not released to the media or public by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department when they give daily case information in media briefing press releases.

As for the total number of cases, Clinton County’s case numbers have remained steady over the past week, staying in the single digit level throughout the past seven days beginning last Tuesday.

As of Tuesday morning, Clinton County had eight active cases according to LCDHD, with no patients being hospitalized.

The patient who was hospitalized was removed from that category with Saturday’s information press release.

During the past week, Clinton County had six new cases added to its numbers, while seven cases were moved to the “recovered” category.

To date, Clinton County has had 77 cases, 67 of which have recovered, with the two aforementioned deaths.

Across the 10 county LCDHD region, the number of active cases went down slightly as well, a positive sign for officials.

Following an especially heavy day in terms of new cases last Wednesday, with 69 new cases across the region, the total number grew to over 400 for the first time since the pandemic reached Kentucky in March.

With Wednesday’s numbers, some 411 active cases were listed across the region.

However, by Tuesday morning, with a large number of cases being released since the high last week, the total across the region was 342 current cases.

Of those numbers, 19 patients were hospitalized, with 323 shown as being self-isolated.

Since March the region has experienced 2,215 total cases, 1,810 of which have been moved to the recovered category, with 63 deaths.

Amy Tomlinson, spokesperson for the LCDHD, noted in Monday’s public information press release that officials with that agency are cautiously optimistic about the reduction in numbers, and also explained where most of the current cases in the region are connected to.

“We are glad we released three more cases today than we added new cases. However, our hospitalizations increased by two to 19. Our current trajectory predicts now that our total cases will double at just over every 45 days,” Tomlinson said. “Long-term care, business, and school related are the top three areas with which new cases are currently associated.”