NO NEW REPORTED CORONAVIRUS CASES IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Today we are happy to report no new deaths and no new cases. We released one from isolation today (recovered) bringing the total number of recovered to 161 (79%). Once the address was verified, one case reported yesterday as a Russell has now been moved to Adair, a 62-year-old female.
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 204 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 7,688 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 114 Kentucky Counties as of 05/16/20 (this includes 7,688 statewide plus 0 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.
Many states, including Kentucky, have started easing social distancing and are in the process of reopening their economies. Several states started doing so two or three weeks ago. Why haven’t we saw a sharp increase in new cases, some may ask? Keep in mind, as the country “shut-down” and instituted social distancing measures, the growth rate of COVID-19 slowed substantially. It may take several weeks before the virus’ spread ramps back up. So, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Be vigilant, use good judgment, and take the necessary steps to protect your family. Remember, avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Add to this the washing of your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, the wearing of a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, the increasing of sanitation, and the avoidance of touching your face, to further reduce your risk.