2019 Rabies Clinics Dates Posted

Did you know that every year an estimated 30,000-40,000 U.S. residents are potentially exposed to rabies and require human rabies post-exposure prophylaxis? In the past few years, there have been over 50 animals that have tested positive for rabies in Kentucky. Rabies threatens all members of the family, including pets. When left untreated, rabies is almost always fatal. However, it is 100% preventable. This is why we must take the appropriate steps to prevent and control rabies in our communities. Although the majority of cases of rabies occur in the wildlife population, most humans are exposed to the virus as […]

Wayne County Boil Water Advisory

5/14/19 Update: The system-wide boil water advisory for Wayne County has been lifted. A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers of the Monticello Utility Commission. A SYSTEM-WIDE BOIL WATER ADVISORY has been issued for ALL customers of the Monticello Utility Commission due to a mechanical issue at the Water Treatment Plant. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply; therefore this BOIL WATER ADVISORY has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for three minutes […]

AADE Reaching Out Project: Healthy Living with Diabetes

Access to quality accredited/recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) services in Kentucky is challenging. Kentucky has made significant strides in improving access. Still, these programs are not offered in 31 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Even in areas where services do exist, the frequency of offerings is often limited and Kentucky’s rural geography also impacts participation. The American Association of Diabetes Educators’ (AADE) “Reaching Out for Better Health” grant is supporting the use of telehealth technology to expand access to DSMES in an undeserved area in southeastern Kentucky. Specifically, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD), an accredited DSMES provider […]

Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program to Begin in Taylor County

Attention Taylor County. Recently, the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health, the Taylor County Board of Health, the Campbellsville City Council, and the Taylor County Fiscal Court have given their consent to begin a Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program in Taylor County. The health department anticipates an operational program within a couple months. The public will be notified officially when the start date is set.  The goals of these Syringe Exchange Programs are to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV and keeping dirty needles out of our parks and off our roadsides.  You can learn more about this here: […]

2019 Wellness Promotion

Would you like a chance to win a $1,000.00* (see terms below) cash incentive just for taking a few minutes to learn more about your health status and how to improve your general fitness and overall well-being? Fill out your wellness profile today! At the end of the profile, you will be given a chance to enter your name into the contest. Even if you entered our 2018 contest, you are welcome and encouraged to enter this contest. You may view our previous winners here: view our past winners! After completing a health questionnaire, developed by a team of experts at the Lake […]

Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) Showing Promising Results

Utilizing funds received from a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for their 10-county service area, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department is partnering with a consortium of area doctors, mental health facilities, and detention centers to reduce morbidity and mortality related to Opioid-Use Disorder (OUD). At the mid-way point of the 3 year grant, the Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) is showing promising results. The charts below show the status of clients on their first visit (Start) versus their last visit (Last). To view the expanded report, click Rural Health Opioid Program Mid-grant Report. The Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) […]

Temporary Warming Centers Set Up

The following temporary warming centers have been set up in the Lake Cumberland Area: Adair Adair County Courthouse Annex basement Green Greensburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church Pulaski Somerset Community Mission – 8 PM until 8 AM Vitality Church – 109 New Haven Ln, Somerset (Shopville area) Somerset First Church of the Nazarene – 120 Crawford Ave Russell Russell County Courthouse basement Community Center on Main Street (Russell Springs) Taylor Old Taylor County Courthouse – Court St Wayne The Aspire Center Wayne The Aspire Center  

Pulaski County: A Case of Hepatitis A has been Diagnosed in an Employee at Local Restaurant

December 3, 2018 A case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at Zaxby’s Restaurant located at 2039 S. Hwy. 27 Somerset, KY 42501. Zaxby’s has set up a hotline for concerned customers: 866-8-ZAXBYS (866-892-9297). While it is rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, anyone who consumed food or drink at Zaxby’s Restaurant November 9, 2018 through November 30, 2018 may consider Hepatitis A vaccination. Zaxby’s Restaurant is fully cooperating with the Health Department and is working with the Health Department to get all employees […]

Hepatitis A Outbreak: McCreary County

Kentucky is still experiencing a major Hepatitis A outbreak. Now, there are cases being confirmed in McCreary County (see Lake Cumberland trends). McCreary has had 5 cases in November. That is equivalent to 2.8 cases per every 10,000 people, which is almost three times higher than the state average. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department recommend everyone residing in McCreary County be vaccinated. Hepatitis A vaccination is available at most local pharmacies, the health department and health care providers. Kentucky has been experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak since August 2017 with 2769 […]