Public Information Brief 5.15.20 6:30 PM EDT

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News Release Version

Today we are happy to report no new deaths. We announce six new cases today, two in Pulaski and four in Russell. The new cases include a 66-year-old male from Pulaski; a 61-year-old male from Pulaski; a 76-year-old male in Russell; a 40-year-old male from Russell; a 33-year-old male from Russell; and,  a 62-year-old female from Russell. We didn’t release anyone from isolation today (recovered). We have 160 people or 79% of our total cumulative positive cases that have recovered.

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 204 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 7,449 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 113 Kentucky Counties as of 05/15/20 (this includes 7,444 statewide plus 5 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.

Drive-thru testing has occurred/is occurring in Adair, Cumberland, Pulaski, Taylor, and Wayne Counties and is planned for Clinton County (next week) and McCreary County (soon). Per the Governor’s recommendations, we are working with the long-term care facilities to help develop plans or begin discussions for testing.

Today we had a Zoom meeting with the Somerset Community College to review their re-open plans. We also 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.

2 thoughts on “Public Information Brief 5.15.20 6:30 PM EDT

  1. I have been back to work 2 weeks and my employer is not going by the glide line there have been 2 people at my work their family member has been tested positive for the virus what can be done about this iam scared

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