Public Information Brief 5.13.20 6:30 PM EDT

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Today has been difficult. We report one new death, a nursing home resident from Adair County. This brings our total deaths to twenty. Our mortality rate at 10.15% is high compared to national and state averages. We also announce four new COVID-19 cases, one 83-year-old female from Adair, a nursing home resident; one 52-year-old female from Casey; and, two Pulaski residents, a 25-year-old male and a 26-year-old female. We did release two from isolation (recovered). This means 156 people or 79% of our total cumulative positive cases have recovered.

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 197 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 7,083 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 113 Kentucky Counties as of 05/13/20 (this includes 7,080 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

Today we conducted our weekly media/public update and broadcast it live via our YouTube channel at We are happy to report that several new community partners are coming on as COVID-19 testing locations, and several counties have either already conducted, are in the process of conducting, or are planning on conducting drive-through testing sites. We continue to encourage all local partners who are providing COVID-19 testing to register on the webpage so the public can have a consistent location to find testing site information.

We continue to review the Governor’s business reopening guidance and to field questions from local businesses regarding such.

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.

There are several locations across the state vaccinating. You may call 1-855-598-2246, or visit 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.

A list of local vaccination sites can also be found in our Daily Brief.

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: 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.