Public Information Brief 5.9.20 7:30 PM EDT

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To help answer questions, the Kentucky Department of Public Health has created a hotline to answer questions: COVID-19 Hotline toll-free (800) 722-5725

News Release Version

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has experienced 189 Positive/Presumptive Positive cases in our 10-county district.­ Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them.

We had 5 new cases today, 4 in Adair (3 tied to a nursing home), and 1 in McCreary. We’re reporting no new deaths and 2 cases removed from isolation. Also, we posted to our website and social media guidance for Houses of Worship.

We are working aggressively to facilitate testing sites in all Lake Cumberland Counties. We are also working to get an accurate list of local medical facilities that are providing testing so we can publish a list of local testing sites.

Finally, as they are becoming available, we are reviewing the Governor’s guidance on the reopening of businesses. We have had Zoom meetings with the County Judges and Mayors, the County Attorneys and the Chambers of Commerce to prepare for a smooth reopening of the local economy.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • 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.

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.

There are several locations across the state vaccinating for Phases 1a and 1b, including 70 and older. More sites will be opening in the weeks to come. You may call 1-855-598-2246, or visit vaccine.ky.gov to find out if you are eligible and where you can receive the vaccine. Remember, supplies are still limited, it may take several weeks to secure an appointment.

To find a map of all regional vaccination hubs, click Regional Vaccination Hubs.

  • 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 complaints of non-compliance with the Governor’s guidance.
  • Consulting with long-term care facilities regarding best practices for preventing COVID-19; and, responding to positive cases.
  • Assisting businesses with their COVID-19 planning efforts.
  • Assisting area schools with their COVID-19 planning efforts.
  • Assisting area providers with COVID-19 vaccination planning.
  • Provided COVID-19 vaccination clinics when supplies are available.
  • Providing bi-weekly meetings to update the media and public on COVID-19 in our region.

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.

Find additional information at LCDHD Additional Statistics