Cluster of Positive Cases Identified in Somerset, Ky.
The Lake Cumberland District Health Department is seeing an increase in cases in our 10-county area. Currently we have 180 active cases of COVID19 in our district with seven of those hospitalized. Of the 180 active cases, only 49 are asymptomatic. We are seeing outbreaks associated with long-term care facilities, factories, churches and travel.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
LCDHD has identified a cluster of positive COVID19 cases associated with Cracker Barrel employees in Somerset, Ky. The employees who tested positive are currently self-isolating at home in line with the latest public health guidance. Additionally, Cracker Barrel took immediate steps to notify employees who may have been in contact with those who tested positive.
“The health and safety of employees and guests is our top priority. We’ve been working closely and fully cooperating with the Lake Cumberland District Health Department as we evaluate this situation,” Heidi Pearce, Cracker Barrel spokesperson, said. “We’ve taken the following actions: transitioned the location to curbside, pickup and delivery service only, which reduces staffing in the store; limited the number of guests allowed in the building; and performed additional cleaning and sanitation measures. Also, all employees will continue to undergo daily wellness screens and wear masks in accordance with the Governor’s statewide order.”
With the prevalence of COVID19 in our community, LCDHD encourages citizens to treat everyone who is not in their household as potentially COVID positive. The best advice we can offer is to wear a mask when in public or around non-household members, stay 6 feet apart, avoid mass gatherings and wash hands frequently.