Public Information Brief 7.04.20 6:30 PM EDT

To help answer questions, the Kentucky Department of Public Health has created a toll-free hotline: COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725 News Release Version Deaths: We are pleased to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 27 deaths resulting in a 6.2% mortality rate among known cases. Hospitalizations: We presently have 10 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 75 hospitalizations resulting in a 17.3% hospitalization rate among known cases. The latest state data shows that 73% of ICU beds and 26% of ventilator capacity are being utilized. Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 2 cases […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 27, Family Disaster Plan

Have A Family Disaster Plan Disasters and emergencies can happen at any time to anyone.  It is important to think about how you will respond BEFORE something happens.  With your family or household members, discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play. Here are a few easy steps to start your emergency communication plan: Understand how to receive emergency alerts and warnings.  Make sure all household members are able to get alerts about an emergency from local officials. Check with your local emergency management […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 26, Tips for Firework Safety

Firework Safety Tips Below are fireworks safety tips: Never allow young children to handle fireworks Older children should use them only under close adult supervision Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands Never light them indoors Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material Never point or throw fireworks at another person Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting Never ignite devices in a container Do not try to re-light or handle […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 25, Scoliosis Awareness

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine, or back.  People of all ages can have scoliosis, but adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (scoliosis of unknown cause) is the most common type and typically occurs after the age of 10. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis. Because scoliosis can run in families, a child who has a parent, brother, or sister with idiopathic scoliosis should be checked regularly for scoliosis by the family doctor.   An x ray of the spine can confirm the diagnosis of […]

AMENDED Public Information Brief 6.11.20 7:45 PM EDT

**Amended hospitalizations for Russell County 6.12.20.  We originally reported zero hospitalizations but one of the existing cases was moved from Self-Isolated to Hospitalized yesterday and not reflected in the totals.   Public Briefing Updates June 11 AMENDED Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. Hospitalizations: One new hospitalization today. Released: We released 2 cases today from isolation (recovered). Therefore, we have released 77% of our total cases. Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 34 active cases in our district across 7 of our 10 counties. New Cases: We report that our total case count […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 24, Lightning Safety

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Sources: National Weather Service ( and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( Lightning kills over 50 people in the U.S. each year. But deaths are only part of the lightning story. Only about 10% of those struck are killed; 90% survive. However, many of the survivors suffer devastating life-long injuries. These injuries are primarily neurological, with a wide range of symptoms, and are very difficult to diagnose. Lightning also causes over $5 billion of economic loss each year in the U.S. from fires and other property destruction. Lightning strike frequencies are highest in the Southeast, […]

Notice of virtual meeting of Board of Health June 23rd at 7:00 pm EST/6:00 pm CST

On June 23rd at 7:00 pm EST/6:00 pm CST, there will be a meeting of the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health. The meeting will be held virtually with no physical location.  Board members will participate via Zoom and will remote into the meeting.  The meeting will be simulcast live over YouTube in an effort to assure we do not violate any Open Records Laws. Here is a link to our YouTube channel:

52 Weeks to Health: Week 23, Men’s Health Month

Celebrate National Men’s Health Month Take action to be healthy and safe and encourage men and boys in your life to make their health a priority. Get Good Sleep Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Also, poor sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents. Toss out the Tobacco It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related […]