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52 Weeks to Health: Week 15, Alcohol

Alcohol And Your Health Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. Further, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2010 were estimated at $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink.  What is a “drink”?  In the United States, a standard drink contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams […]

Public Information Brief 4.3.20 10:00 PM EDT

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has experienced forty one Positive/Presumptive Positive cases in our 10-county district. Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). • via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. • […]

Public Information Brief for 4.2.20 8:00 PM EDT

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has twenty nine Positive/Presumptive Positive cases in our 10-county district. Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). • via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. • droplets […]

Public Information Brief for 4.1.20 7:30 PM EDT

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has twenty six Positive/Presumptive Positive cases in our 10-county district. One of the Pulaski cases is still being investigated.  Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). • via respiratory droplets produced […]

Live COVID-19 Updates from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Today and every Wednesday at 2:30 EST/1:30 CST for the next several weeks, LCDHD plans on meeting with all area members of the media via live internet interaction to answer media submitted questions from the previous week. To keep the public informed, we will simulcast this via our YouTube Channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/LCDHDPublicHealth. If you have time and interest, we encourage you to watch.

Public Information Brief for 3.31.20 7:30 PM EDT

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has experienced twenty Positive/Presumptive Positive cases in our 10-county district. Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). • via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. • droplets […]

Error in reporting – no positive cases in Russell County

We are announcing that there was an error in Governor Beshear’s announcement this evening.  There is no positive case in Russell County.  There was a test run, but it was negative.  The result was keyed incorrectly in the system which was used as the basis to Governor Beshear’s announcement.  We will be updating with current cases in other counties shortly.

Public Information Brief for 3.30.20 6:30 PM EDT

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has sixteen Positive/Presumptive Positive cases in our 10-county district. Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). • via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. • droplets can […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 14, Public Health Week

WHAT IS PUBLIC HEALTH? Your local health department’s mission, generally speaking, is to promote the public’s health. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, promoting healthy lifestyles, assuring a safe environment and through the detection and control of infectious diseases. In contrast, clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is important to note that Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in our nation; but, a few healthy lifestyle choices could change this. First, eating normally proportioned helpings of […]