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Campbellsville Man Faces Rape and Drug Charges

The Taylor County Sheriffs Department arrested a Campbellsville man on rape and drug charges, sheriff Allen Newton said that Abel Tucker age 30 of Campbellsville is charged with having sexual contact with a 15 year old juvenile in the early morning hours of October 20, 2021. 

Tucker is charged with Rape 1st degree and possession of a controlled substance and was lodged in the Taylor County Jail, the investigation by Jonathon Leigh and Captain Brian Pickard.

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Early Morning House Fire Under Investigation

 

Residential House Fire

508 East Main Street

Sunday, Oct.17, 2021

 

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working house fire with smoke coming out of the second story window. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming out of the entire second floor and attic area. A request for mutual aid was requested due to horder type conditions for additional personnel. Firefighters made a fire attack and conducted a search for occupants. No firefighters or civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is suspicious and is under investigation. 

 

26 Firefighters on scene

 

CFD Apparatus on scene: Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Truck 1,  Rescue 1 and Chief

 

Mutual Aid on scene: Greensburg/Green County Fire Department

 

Assisting Agencies: Campbellsville Police Department and Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications Center

 

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Medical Services

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Green County Man Arrested on Rape & Human Trafficking Charges

 

Greensburg, KY (October 15, 2021) On Wednesday, October 6, 2021 following a 6-month investigation by Kentucky State Police Post 15, James David Burnham, 34, of Greensburg, KY was indicted for 7 counts of rape first degree, 8 counts of promoting human trafficking (victim under 18), and several other charges with allegations dating back 10 years.

 

Burnham was located and arrested October 14, 2021 by the Cache County Sheriff's Office in Logan, Utah and will be extradited back to the Commonwealth of KY.

 

This investigation was conducted by Trooper James Ford. Tpr. Ford was assisted by Silverleaf Trauma Recovery Services, Green County Victims Advocate, KY Attorney Generals Office, KY Homeland Security, KSP Post 15 Victims Advocate, KY Department for Community Based Services, Greensburg Police and the Commonwealth Attorney.

 

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Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen Has Resigned

 

Citing heath reasons, Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen has resigned her job as Mayor of Campbellsville. Allen told 99.9 The Big Dawg that she was no longer able to keep up with the daily demands of her job. The mayor's term would have ended at the end of 2022. Listen to 99.9 The Big Dawg radio news for more details.

 

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Lincoln Trail Covid-19 Update

 

County

  Total Cases

Active

 Recovered

Deceased

New Cases

Hardin

17018

789

15996

233

31

Larue

2302

77

2187

38

4

Marion

3762

163

3558

41

8

Meade

3362

131

3199

32

9

Nelson

7944

378

7493

73

24

Washington

2206

83

2081

42

6

Totals

36594

1621

34514

459

82

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Big Dawg Area Covid Update (Lake Cumberland District)

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department. Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 188 reported cases, 167 (89%) were unvaccinated and 31 of today’s cases (16%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 8.67%.

 

Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 633 deaths resulting in a 1.64% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.61% mortality rate at the national level.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 81 cases in the hospital. This is 1 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,664 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.32% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.21%. The latest data shows that 96.3% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 30.67% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 38,529 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 18.44% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.33% are reinfections, and 5.47% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 5.64% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 231 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 14; Casey: 19; Clinton: 17; Cumberland: 9; Green: 13; McCreary: 16; Pulaski: 86; Russell: 13; Taylor: 22; and, Wayne: 22. In all, we have released 95.9% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 43 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 958 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,804.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Businesses, Schools, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 16% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 188 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 22; Casey: 8; Clinton: 12; Cumberland: 4; Green: 10; McCreary: 26; Pulaski: 45; Russell: 12; Taylor: 35; and, Wayne: 14. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00473. This means our total case count is projected to double every 146.94 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 24,460 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.53% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 10/6/2021).


State – 61.00%
Taylor – 53.53%
Pulaski – 50.13%
Russell – 47.08%
Green – 42.15%
McCreary – 41.86%
Wayne – 41.78%
Cumberland – 41.58%
Clinton – 39.80%
Adair – 38.60%
Casey – 36.08%

 

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Covid-19 Update Lincoln Trail District

County

Total Cases

Active

Recovered

Deceased

New Cases

Hardin

16853

792

15828

233

99

Larue

2290

78

2174

38

10

Marion

3727

159

3527

41

24

Meade

3330

136

3162

32

34

Nelson

7859

347

7439

73

48

Washington

2186

77

2067

42

9

Totals

36245

1589

34197

459

224

 

 

Melissa D. Phillips, B.S.

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Covid-19 Covid Update Lake Cumberland District

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department.

Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

Of today’s 332 reported cases, 287 (86%) were unvaccinated and 79 of today’s cases (24%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 9.31%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 4 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 623 deaths resulting in a 1.64% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 75 cases in the hospital. This is 9 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,652 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.36% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.19%. The latest data shows that 55% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 37.5% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 37,885 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 18.14% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.32% are reinfections, and 5.51% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.63% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 619 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 41; Casey: 39; Clinton: 29; Cumberland: 8; Green: 51; McCreary: 103; Pulaski: 148; Russell: 49; Taylor: 61; and, Wayne: 90. In all, we have released 96.1% of our total cases.

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 295 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 853 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,811.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 8% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 329 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 16; Casey: 25; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 23; Green: 24; McCreary: 70; Pulaski: 99; Russell: 28; Taylor: 24; and, Wayne: 16. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00605. This means our total case count is projected to double every 114.87 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

A duplicate case for McCreary County was deleted today. Another case was moved from McCreary to Pulaski County when the address was verified. There was a duplicate case also removed from Adair County’s numbers, and another Adair County case was moved to a different jurisdiction outside of Lake Cumberland when the investigation was completed.

The deaths included in this report are one Adair County resident (unvaccinated), two Taylor County residents (both unvaccinated) and one Wayne County resident (unvaccinated). We are so very sorry for these losses.

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 23,816 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.49% were unvaccinated.

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 10/1/2021).

State – 60.00%
Taylor – 53.19%
Pulaski – 49.73%
Russell – 46.66%
Green – 41.77%
McCreary – 41.41%
Wayne – 41.34%
Cumberland – 41.19%
Clinton – 39.25%
Adair – 38.24%
Casey – 35.74%

 

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Covid-19 Cases in The Lake Cumberland District

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department. Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 313 reported cases, 279 (89%) were unvaccinated and 91 of today’s cases (29%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 10.05%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 3 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 611 deaths resulting in a 1.65% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 64 cases in the hospital. This is 10 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,624 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.39% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.19%. The latest data shows that 60.44% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 32.43% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 36,972 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 17.7% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.28% are reinfections, and 5.45% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.89% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 205 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 16; Casey: 7; Clinton: 11; Cumberland: 2; Green: 26; McCreary: 32; Pulaski: 42; Russell: 24; Taylor: 30; and, Wayne: 15. In all, we have released 95.2% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 105 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,148 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,812.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Long-term Care/Residential Facilities. Of our active cases, 8% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 313 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 10; Casey: 18; Clinton: 25; Cumberland: 8; Green: 18; McCreary: 57; Pulaski: 97; Russell: 22; Taylor: 31; and, Wayne: 27. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00668. This means our total case count is projected to double every 104.12 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

If the numbers appear to be “off” tonight, we moved one case from Pulaski County to McCreary County and one case from Russell County to Adair County due to corrected addresses.

 

The deaths reported tonight include two Adair County residents (both unvaccinated) and one Green County resident (unvaccinated). We are so very sorry for these losses.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 22,903 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.55% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.

State – 60.00%
Taylor – 53.01%
Pulaski – 49.38%
Russell – 46.54%
Green – 41.68%
McCreary – 41.30%
Wayne – 41.17%
Cumberland – 41.03%
Clinton – 38.97%
Adair – 38.02%
Casey – 35.60%

 

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Body Found Near Taylor-LaRue County Line; LaRue Co. Man Arrested for Murder

 

Kentucky State Police has charged a Larue County man with murder.

 

KSP received information of a possible body buried on a property near the Buffalo community of Larue County. After an extensive investigation, a search warrant was obtained and executed at a residence near the 500 block of Corinth Road by KSP on Friday, September 24. Detectives located the remains of an unidentified person found buried underneath a large pile of debris in the back yard of the residence. 

 

KSP detectives charged David Puyear, age 59 of Buffalo, with murder and he was lodged in the Larue Co. Jail. The remains were transported to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for positive identification and examination. More charges could be forthcoming as the investigation continues.

 

KSP was assisted at the scene by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Larue County Coroner’s Office and the Larue County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The investigation is ongoing by KSP Post 4 detectives.   

 

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Marion County Man Charged With Car Theft in Taylor County

 

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton reports that Joseph P. Benningfield, 47, of Loretto, KY stole a Mercedes from a residence on West Saloma Road in Campbellsville. Benningfield was lodged in the Taylor County Jail on theft charges.

 

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Covid-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department. Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 308 reported cases, 275 (89%) were unvaccinated and 102 of today’s cases (33%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 10.99%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 7 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 590 deaths resulting in a 1.65% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.26% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 40 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,590 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.43% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 23) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.22%. The latest data shows that 98% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 39.47% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 35,866 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 17.17% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.25% are reinfections, and 5.4% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.39% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 290 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 27; Casey: 12; Clinton: 8; Cumberland: 9; Green: 26; McCreary: 28; Pulaski: 67; Russell: 36; Taylor: 39; and, Wayne: 38. In all, we have released 95.1% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 11 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,156 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,815.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 7% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).


New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 308 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 20; Casey: 13; Clinton: 13; Cumberland: 2; Green: 39; McCreary: 37; Pulaski: 58; Russell: 24; Taylor: 45; and, Wayne: 57. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00729. This means our total case count is projected to double every 95.45 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

The seven deaths included in tonight’s report are four Pulaski County residents (two unvaccinated, two vaccinated), one Green County resident (unvaccinated), one Russell County resident (unvaccinated) and one Adair County resident (unvaccinated). We are so sorry for the losses these families are enduring.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 21,797 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.60% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.
 

State – 60.00%
Taylor – 52.42%
Pulaski – 48.89%
Russell – 46.21%
Green – 41.08%
McCreary – 40.80%
Wayne – 40.42%
Cumberland – 40.26%
Clinton – 37.99%
Adair – 37.71%
Casey – 35.29%

 

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Green County Man Murdered In Downtown Campbellsville

 

Campbellsville Police responded to a report of a shooting on Friday night at 117 South Central Avenue. After an investigation it was determined that 28-year old Katie Morrison of Campbellsville and her husband, 38-year old John H. Berry of Summersville, had gotten into an altercation. During the altercation, Morrison shot Berry. Berry was transported to the hospital where he later died.

 

The incident occured at the Jefferies apartment building across from the Taylor County Jail.

 

Katie Morrison was arrested and charged with Murder and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 

 

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Covid-19 Report - Wednesday, Sept. 22nd

 

Of today’s 318 reported cases, 286 (90%) were unvaccinated and 105 of today’s cases (33%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 11.95%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 6 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 578 deaths resulting in a 1.66% mortality rate (about 1 in 60) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 36 cases in the hospital. This is 2 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,568 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.49% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.24%. The latest data shows that 93.75% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 46.75% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 34,896 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.71% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.22% are reinfections, and 5.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.55% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 250 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 22; Casey: 17; Clinton: 9; Cumberland: 9; Green: 12; McCreary: 25; Pulaski: 51; Russell: 38; Taylor: 42; and, Wayne: 25. In all, we have released 95.3% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 62 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,064 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,814.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 15% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 318 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 46; Casey: 19; Clinton: 20; Cumberland: 16; Green: 11; McCreary: 9; Pulaski: 67; Russell: 44; Taylor: 64; and, Wayne: 22. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00862. This means our total case count is projected to double every 80.73 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

We removed one case from Casey County’s numbers tonight due to an incorrect report.

 

The deaths reported tonight include a Wayne County resident (unvaccinated), a McCreary County resident (unvaccinated), a Cumberland County resident (unvaccinated) and three Pulaski County residents (two were unvaccinated and one was vaccinated). We are so sorry for these losses.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 20,827 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.70% were unvaccinated.

 

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Suspicious Campbellsville Fire Being Investigated

 

Residential House Fire

708 Cumberland Way

09-21-2021

 

Call Received 2153

On Scene 2156

Control 2208

Leaving Scene 2315

 

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a grill on fire under a carport. Upon arrival, firefighters found the grill fire had extended into the residence and firefighters encountered fire conditions inside and outside the residence. Firefighters made a fire attack and conducted a search for occupants. No firefighters or civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is suspicious and is under investigation.

 

17 Firefighters on scene

CFD Apparatus on scene

Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Truck 1 and Rescue 1

 

Assisting Agencies:

Campbellsville Police Department

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications Center

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Medical Services

KU

ATMOS

 

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Covid-19 Update in Lake Cumberland Region; 2 New Deaths

 

Of today’s 526 reported cases, 460 (87%) were unvaccinated and 137 of today’s cases (26%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 12.18%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 2 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 572 deaths resulting in a 1.65% mortality rate (about 1 in 61) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 38 cases in the hospital. This is 1 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,562 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.52% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.24%. The latest data shows that 59.55% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 45.83% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 34,578 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.55% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.21% are reinfections, and 5.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.61% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 776 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 72; Casey: 49; Clinton: 18; Cumberland: 28; Green: 48; McCreary: 77; Pulaski: 199; Russell: 95; Taylor: 117; and, Wayne: 73. In all, we have released 95.4% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 253 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 1,002 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,813.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 20% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 525 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 32; Casey: 36; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 26; Green: 30; McCreary: 73; Pulaski: 137; Russell: 54; Taylor: 73; and, Wayne: 60. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00887. This means our total case count is projected to double every 78.46 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

We removed one case from Russell County’s numbers tonight that had been previously reported, as it did not meet case definition after further investigation.

 

The deaths reported tonight include a Russell County resident (unvaccinated) and a Pulaski County resident (vaccinated). We are so sorry for these losses.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 20,509 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.70% were unvaccinated.

 

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Taylor County Man Injured in Monday Night Car Wreck

 

The Taylor County Sheriffs Department investigated the 1-vehicle accident on Monday night at 9:33pmET on Highway 70. Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that 17 year old Zachary C. Hayes lost control of his 2004 Honda and veered off the road, coming to rest in a creek. Hayes was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital. 

 

The accident was investigated by Josh Patrick with the Taylor County Sheriffs Department.
 

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Covid-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District - FRIDAY, SEPT. 17

 

Of today’s 466 reported cases, 415 (89%) were unvaccinated and 130 of today’s cases (28%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13%.

 

Deaths: We regret we must report 9 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 568 deaths resulting in a 1.69% mortality rate (about 1 in 59) among known cases. This compares with a 1.27% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.6% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 35 cases in the hospital. This is 11 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,552 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.62% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 22) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.28%. The latest data shows that 95.65% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 41.56% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 33,618 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 16.09% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.2% are reinfections, and 5.3% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 4.78% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 302 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 27; Casey: 18; Clinton: 10; Cumberland: 8; Green: 17; McCreary: 27; Pulaski: 89; Russell: 42; Taylor: 38; and, Wayne: 26. In all, we have released 94.7% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 153 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,200 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,813.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 14% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 464 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 35; Casey: 39; Clinton: 14; Cumberland: 17; Green: 19; McCreary: 47; Pulaski: 124; Russell: 62; Taylor: 57; and, Wayne: 50. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00873. This means our total case count is projected to double every 79.74 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

Today we moved one case from Taylor County to Adair County after address verification. We also deleted a duplicate case in Green County.

 

The deaths reported tonight include a Green County and a Cumberland County resident (both unvaccinated). We are so sorry for these losses. In addition, the state has reported some additional deaths they found upon review of death certificates. These include 4 McCreary County residents (all unvaccinated), 1 Pulaski County resident (vaccinated) and 2 Taylor County residents (one vaccinated and one not vaccinated).

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 19,549 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.70% were unvaccinated.

 

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Covid-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District; 11 Deaths in the District!

 

Of today’s 345 reported cases, 301 (87%) were unvaccinated and 114 of today’s cases (33%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13.45%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 11 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 558 deaths resulting in a 1.7% mortality rate (about 1 in 59) among known cases. This compares with a 1.28% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.61% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 47 cases in the hospital. This is 2 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,544 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.71% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 21) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.31%. The latest data shows that 100% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 37.66% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 32,810 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 15.71% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.18% are reinfections, and 5.36% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.01% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 227 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 18; Casey: 12; Clinton: 6; Cumberland: 5; Green: 13; McCreary: 17; Pulaski: 49; Russell: 45; Taylor: 47; and, Wayne: 15. In all, we have released 95.3% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 107 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 994 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,815.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 16% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 345 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 40; Casey: 10; Clinton: 14; Cumberland: 10; Green: 31; McCreary: 26; Pulaski: 70; Russell: 49; Taylor: 73; and, Wayne: 22. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00806. This means our total case count is projected to double every 86.37 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.

 

We moved one case from Taylor County to Green County today after an address verification. We also deleted one Wayne County case that was found to be a duplicate.

 

The 11 deaths we list in tonight’s report include 4 in Pulaski, 3 in Green, 1 in McCreary, 1 in Adair, 1 in Taylor and 1 in Wayne County. 10 of the 11 had not been vaccinated. Our deepest sympathies go to the families who lost these precious loved ones.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 18,741 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.64% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 9/13/2021).
 

State – 59.00%
Taylor – 51.20%
Pulaski – 47.95%
Russell – 45.25%
Green – 39.96%
McCreary – 39.95%
Cumberland – 39.69%
Wayne – 39.01%
Clinton – 37.20%
Adair – 36.95%
Casey – 34.28%

 

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KSP Investigates Fatal Head On Collision In Taylor County

 

Campbellsville, KY (September 9, 2021) On Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 at approximately 12:19pmET, Troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on HWY 210 in Taylor County that resulted in one fatality.

 

Preliminary investigations indicate that 21-year-old Timothy McAtee of Louisville, KY was travelling southbound on KY 210 in a 2019 Nissan Altima, when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder of the roadway and struck a guardrail. McAtee then crossed back into the northbound lane into the path of a 2013 Peterbuilt. The semi was operated by Sidney Dosier, age 55 of Magnolia, KY. Dosier was unable to stop and struck McAtee in the driver side.

 

McAtee was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Taylor County Coroner. A passenger in the McAtee’s vehicle, Fred Scott, age 24 of Louisville, KY was transported to the Taylor County Hospital by EMS and is in critical condition. Dosier was not injured in this collision.

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Matthew Brumley. Brumley was assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel and Taylor County EMS.

 

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Covid-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District - 9/9/21

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department.

 

Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Due to some technical difficulties with the reporting system tonight, this is an abbreviated, shortened version of our usual report. We hope to have everything straightened out by tomorrow evening. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

 

Of today’s 299 reported cases, 267 (89%) were unvaccinated and 92 of today’s cases (31%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 14.16%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 5 new deaths since our last report.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 49 cases in the hospital. The latest data shows that 97.83% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 38.36% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 31,279 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 14.97% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.14% are reinfections, and 5.35% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 7.17% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Family, Businesses, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 19% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

The five deaths we report tonight include three Pulaski County residents (two unvaccinated, 1 vaccinated), one Taylor County resident (unvaccinated) and a Green County resident (unvaccinated).

 

We also deleted one case in Taylor County and two cases in Wayne County that were found to be duplicates.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 17,210 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.65% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.

 

State – 58.00%
Taylor – 50.16%
Pulaski – 46.57%
Russell – 43.57%
Green – 37.55%
Wayne – 36.75%
Adair – 35.74%
Cumberland – 34.84%
Casey – 32.98%
Clinton – 31.09%
McCreary – 29.40%

 

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Taylor County Indictments - September 2021

 

  • Michael Darrell Tucker of Campbellsville is charged with Burglary and Persistent Felony Offender.
  • Jason Lee Thompson of Casey County is charged with Identity Theft, Theft, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing police.
  • Alex D. Thompson of Louisville indicted for Sexual Abuse (victim under 12)
  • Jimmy J. Tungate is charged with Strangulation of a jail employee.
  • Antionette Brown of Campbellsville is charged with Wanton Endangerment.
  • Shannon M. Sharp of Campbellsville is charged with Burglary.
  • Chris Hayes of Campbellsville was indicted for Criminal Abuse of a child under 12.
  • Justin Highfield of Campbellsville is charged with Receiving Stolen Property.
  • Jackie Wayne Stone of Campbellsville is charged with Burglary, Theft and traffic charges.
  • Susan G. Gribbins of Campbellsville indicted for Burglary and Theft.
  • Christopher K. Summers of Taylor County is charged with Possession of Meth.
  • Danny R. Tungate of Campbellsville is charged with Possession of Meth & DUI.
  • timothy H. Hayes of Campbellsville is charged with Theft by Failure to make required disposition of property.
  • Kenneth Caven of Summersville is charged with Tampering with Evidence.

 

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Covid-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District - WEDNESDAY

 

Of today’s 731 reported cases, 634 (88%) were unvaccinated and 215 of today’s cases (29%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13.74%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 8 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 531 deaths resulting in a 1.71% mortality rate (about 1 in 58) among known cases. This compares with a 1.31% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.61% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 53 cases in the hospital. This is 3 less than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,516 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.89% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 20) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.39%. The latest data shows that 95.65% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 45.07% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 30,983 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 14.83% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.13% are reinfections, and 5.26% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 6.63% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 1462 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 78; Casey: 161; Clinton: 88; Cumberland: 50; Green: 92; McCreary: 103; Pulaski: 385; Russell: 206; Taylor: 214; and, Wayne: 85. In all, we have released 94.8% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking into account deaths and releases, our active cases decreased by 740 more than the new cases we added since our last report. This leaves us with 1,079 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,815.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Family, Businesses, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 22% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 730 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 33; Casey: 90; Clinton: 15; Cumberland: 46; Green: 45; McCreary: 46; Pulaski: 237; Russell: 104; Taylor: 86; and, Wayne: 28. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00919. This means our total case count is projected to double every 75.77 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 731 cases.

 

The 8 deaths we report tonight include 4 Green County residents (all unvaccinated) – one who was in the 50-59 year age group, one in the 60-69 year age group, and two others in the 80-89 year age group; an Adair County resident (unvaccinated) who was in the 70-79 year age group; 2 Taylor County residents (both unvaccinated) – one who was in the 60-69 year age group and the other in the 70-79 year age group; and a Casey County resident who was in the 50-59 year age group.

 

We also deleted one case in Taylor County that was found to be a duplicate.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 16,914 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.74% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average (last updated 9/3/2021).

State – 57.00%
Taylor – 49.29%
Pulaski – 45.69%
Russell – 42.65%
Green – 36.96%
Wayne – 35.98%
Adair – 35.02%
Cumberland – 34.14%
Casey – 32.27%
Clinton – 30.07%
McCreary – 28.68%

 

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Covid-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District - FRIDAY, SEPT. 3

 

IMPORTANT – Due to the continued increase in positive cases it may be several days before you are contacted by the health department. If you’ve tested positive for COVID19 please isolate yourself immediately, do NOT wait on a call from the health department.

 

Please notify anyone you may have been in contact with so they can begin quarantine. Visit www.lcdhd.org for more specific COVID-19 guidance.

 

Of today’s 488 reported cases, 444 (91%) were unvaccinated and 146 of today’s cases (30%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.

 

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 13.17%.

 

Deaths: We are sad to report 3 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 523 deaths resulting in a 1.73% mortality rate (about 1 in 58) among known cases. This compares with a 1.32% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.63% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 56 cases in the hospital. This is 6 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,491 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.93% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 20) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.44%. The latest data shows that 100% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 43.84% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 30,253 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 14.48% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.1% are reinfections, and 5.15% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 7.14% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

 

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 353 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 19; Casey: 33; Clinton: 45; Cumberland: 8; Green: 19; McCreary: 27; Pulaski: 90; Russell: 43; Taylor: 56; and, Wayne: 13. In all, we have released 92.3% of our total cases.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 132 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 1,819 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,819.

 

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Businesses, Family, and Medical Facilities. Of our active cases, 23% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 488 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 27; Casey: 30; Clinton: 10; Cumberland: 23; Green: 30; McCreary: 46; Pulaski: 161; Russell: 96; Taylor: 36; and, Wayne: 29. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.01024. This means our total case count is projected to double every 68.02 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 08/30/2021 when we added 614 cases.

 

The 3 deaths we report tonight include 2 Pulaski County residents (both unvaccinated) – one in the 50-59 year age group and the other in the 60-69 year age group; and a Taylor County resident (unvaccinated) who was in the 50-59 year age group.

 

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 16,184 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.85% were unvaccinated.

 

Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.
 

State – 57.00%
Taylor – 49.29%
Pulaski – 45.69%
Russell – 42.65%
Green – 36.96%
Wayne – 35.98%
Adair – 35.02%
Cumberland – 34.14%
Casey – 32.27%
Clinton – 30.07%
McCreary – 28.68%

 

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Gov. Beshear Calls Special Legislative Session to Extend COVID-19 State of Emergency

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2021) – As COVID-19 cases increase at the fastest growth rate of the pandemic, straining Kentucky hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday called lawmakers to Frankfort next week to extend the pandemic state of emergency, which provides administration and public health officials with the tools and measures needed to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

 

A state of emergency clearly continues in the commonwealth, and following a recent Kentucky Supreme Court ruling, the Governor worked with the General Assembly to assess a call for a special session, which will begin in Frankfort at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

 

“This is one of the most dangerous times we’ve experienced this entire pandemic, with the delta variant burning through Kentucky and taking more of our loved ones and neighbors. It’s also overwhelming more and more of our hospitals and shutting down our schools,” the Governor said. “We need as many tools as possible to fight this deadly surge in order to save lives, keep our children in school and keep our economy churning.”

 

The Governor is asking lawmakers to consider legislation to address several topics including: extending the state of emergency until Jan. 15, 2022; setting forth the criteria regarding the Governor’s authority to require facial coverings in indoor settings in certain circumstances; providing additional flexibility for school districts; and making an appropriation from the American Rescue Plan Act to support mitigation and prevention activities, such as testing and vaccine distribution. 

 

While in Frankfort, the Governor also is asking lawmakers to extend by an additional 30 days a state of emergency declared by the Governor, in response to the flash flooding in Nicholas County and the City of Carlisle, on Aug. 3, 2021. The action is necessary to ensure any emergency services that may be required are provided to residents and businesses, as the commonwealth’s request for federal assistance submitted to President Joe Biden through the Federal Emergency Management Agency remains under review.

 

The Governor also is asking for additional flexibility for the manner in which incentives can be provided to economic development projects with more than $2 billion in investment, which would constitute the largest in Kentucky’s history. The Cabinet for Economic Development currently is pursuing at least five projects of this size, and the changes would allow Kentucky to be competitive with other states.

 

More than 7,840 Kentuckians have died from COVID-19 during the last 18 months, with case numbers spiking now because of the delta variant. In the last two days alone, the Governor announced 69 deaths, one of whom was just 27 years old, and more than 10,500 new cases in the commonwealth. We also have record numbers of Kentuckians in the hospital (2,365), in intensive care (661) and on ventilators (425). On Friday, 1,547 of the 5,111 new cases were Kentuckians 18 and younger. The positivity rate Friday was 13.17%. Just two months ago, on July 1, 2021, Kentucky reported only 215 new cases of COVID-19 – 47 of which of were for those age 18 and under – and three deaths, 201 hospitalizations, 55 patients in the ICU, 25 patients on ventilators and a positivity rate of 1.99%.

 

Kentucky is fast approaching nearly 600,000 COVID-19 cases during the almost 18 months of the pandemic.

 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the delta variant is nearly twice as contagious as previous COVID-19 variants, and fully vaccinated people with delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. Further, per the CDC, on Aug. 30 Kentucky had averaged more than 4,000 cases a day in the prior seven days, equaling approximately 28,000 for the week, and the United States had averaged more than 150,000 new cases a day.

 

The special session call is available here.

 

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