Public Information Brief 5.14.20 6:30 PM EDT

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News Release Version

Today we are happy to report no new deaths. We have one new case, an 88-year-old female, a nursing home resident from Adair County. We have released four more from isolation today (recovered). This means 160 people or 81% of our total cumulative positive cases have recovered.

Right now, in Kentucky, the seven-day average growth rate (how long it takes the total cumulative positive cases to double) is 35 days. Just a few weeks ago, it was doubling at just over every three days. As businesses reopen and people start to get out and mingle more with others, we expect to see that doubling pace to quicken. Therefore, we encourage all citizens to take proactive and assertive actions to protect themselves and their families. Remember, avoiding crowds, wearing a mask, covering your cough, washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, and staying home if you are sick are still the best preventive measures. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security. Remain vigilant and use good judgment.

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 198 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 7,225 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 113 Kentucky Counties as of 05/14/20 (this includes 7,225 statewide plus 0 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 had a Zoom meeting with the Taylor County Chamber of Commerce and several Taylor County businesses and churches to go over re-opening guidance. We also participated in a conference call with the State COVID-19 Operations Center to go over a variety of topics. We have also received a shipment of facemasks and face shields that, via state guidance, we are pushing out to various restaurant and grocer related businesses.

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.

  • 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: 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.