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Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new death today from Pulaski. We have experienced a total of 41 deaths resulting in a 3.3% mortality rate among known cases. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 9 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 121 hospitalizations resulting in a 9.7% hospitalization rate among known cases. The latest state data shows that 62% of ICU beds and 24% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 18 cases today from isolation recovered). Released cases include: Adair: 1; Casey: 2; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 8; Russell: 2; and, Taylor: 4. In all, we have released 75.1% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 1,251 cases since the onset of the outbreak.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 271 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. Of those active cases, 37 are asymptomatic. 

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 25 today: Adair: 8; Casey: 1; Green: 1; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 7; Russell: 1; Taylor: 3; and, Wayne: 2. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.03. This means our total case count is projected to double every 23.44 days.

 

New cases include:

  • Adair: A 1-year-old male who is hospitalized, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 54-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 73-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 77-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 17-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 18-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 12-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 51-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Green: A 70-year-old male who is self-isolated, under investigation
  • McCreary: A 31-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • McCreary: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 17-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 52-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 45-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 44-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 26-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 28-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 19-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 4 months-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Wayne: A 60-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Wayne: A 57-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

It’s always heartbreaking to report a death, this time a 53-year-old male from Pulaski. He had been released as free of the virus but succumbed to lingering complications from the disease.

 

We are glad our hospitalizations lowered by one. Today we added 6 more new cases than we released recovered cases. Our growth rate still suggests that our total cumulative case count will double about every 23 days. The top three categories of what our active cases are tied to, in descending order, are business, recreation, and travel.
 

Until there is a vaccine, we will continue the common-sense suggestions of encouraging everyone to continue to wear their face coverings, the avoidance of crowds as much as possible, social distancing, washing their hands frequently, increasing sanitation, and the avoidance of touching their faces.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 1,251 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 33,469 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of 08/06/20 (this includes 33,254 statewide plus 215 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s/Department for Public Health’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.
 

The LCDHD is working tirelessly, including nights and weekends, to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact, and to follow-up daily with positive cases. Additionally, we are striving diligently to follow-up on business-related complaints regarding noncompliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders.


 

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Jamestown city council met last night in special session and approved a purchase that will improve water quality in Russell and surrounding areas that get their water from Jamestown. 

 

Mayor Nick Shearer shared with WAVE NEWS details about the meeting... 

 

 

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 6, 2020) –The first Kentucky State Police (KSP) “Cover the Cruiser” event is in the books and raised $16,206.16 to support Special Olympics of Kentucky (SOKY). 

 

KSP posts across the state parked their cruises at designated locations and encouraged the public to cover their cruisers with custom SOKY stickers. A minimum donation of $1 was requested to place a sticker on the cruiser, but Kentuckians donated more than the minimum. 

 

The 'Cover the Cruiser’ campaign was developed when the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Each year, The Torch Run escorts the Special Olympics Flame of hope to kick off the Kentucky State Summer Games in Richmond. State Troopers, in conjunction with national law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., participate to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics programs. 

 

KSP Spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson gave credit to the troopers who hosted the local 'Cover the Cruiser' events. "Even in the midst of a global pandemic our troopers stepped up and took ownership of this new program, adding it to their long list of community outreach activities," said Lawson. "Whether it was during torrential downpours or sweltering heat they did what was needed, as they always do, to demonstrate their service to the citizens of Kentucky." 

 

SOKY President Trish Mazzoni said the new campaign was a tremendous success. “We are deeply grateful to the Kentucky State Police, all of the Troopers who took part, our host locations and to everyone who donated," said Mazzoni.

 

"Thank you to KSP and to all of the law enforcement community that continues to be so deeply committed to the support of Special Olympics Kentucky Athletes.” 

 

The fundraiser developed into a friendly competition among Kentucky State Police posts*. For this inaugural event, the London Post took top honors with a total of $2,577.94 raised. Trooper Scottie Pennington organized the post fundraiser and battled heavy rain on the date of his event. ”To say that I am humbled by the support and generosity of our Laurel County Citizens is an understatement. Special Olympics of Kentucky holds a special place in my heart and it was an honor to assist them in this way." 

 

Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization has been serving the needs of our athletes and their families since 1970 and welcomes 11,300 athletes in Kentucky. 

 

Photo Description: Trooper Scottie Pennington, KSP London Post accepting a donation from a young girl at the London Walmart. 

 

*Link to individual post level donation totals: http://kentuckystatepolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Cover-The-Cruiser-Donation-Results.pdf

 

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday extended the state’s mandate requiring face coverings in some situations for another 30 days, citing its success and continued importance in flattening the curve of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the commonwealth.

 

“By now, we all know someone that we care about, that we’re close to who is fighting this virus or has fought this virus. And as things progress, we will all probably know somebody who we have lost to this virus. This is going to be a month where I hope we turn things around, but based on July, we’re still going to see a lot of pain,” said Gov. Beshear. “So let’s make sure that we protect our mental and emotional health, stay as committed as we’ve always been to defeating this virus and step it up.”

 

The Governor also noted that on Monday, he will have additional guidance for Kentucky’s bars and restaurants.

 

“Expectations ought to be that capacity will increase again to 50% but there will be some changes. Especially in restaurants, we need people to still prioritize outdoor seating,” said Gov. Beshear. “Bars and restaurants are both going to be expected to have their last item served at 10 p.m. Then there is going to be an hour to let people eat and drink and ultimately go home.”

 

Case Information
As of 3:00pmCT on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 Gov. Beshear said there were at least 33,254 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 516 of which were newly reported Thursday. 12 of the newly reported cases were from children ages 5 and younger.

 

“We appear to not just be slowing, but we hope stopping any escalation that we’ve seen. It’s further evidence that wearing that facial covering is truly helping Kentucky in so many different ways – our people, our economy, our kids,” said Gov. Beshear. “So let’s keep it up. I believe that if we continue to do this, we can see even better numbers than what we have now.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 8 new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 760 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Thursday include a 68-year-old woman from Bell County; an 86-year-old woman from Fayette County; a 94-year-old woman and a 94-year-old man from Franklin County; an 87-year-old man from Graves County; a 78-year-old woman from Jefferson County; a 68-year-old woman from Kenton County; and an 84-year-old woman from Ohio County.

 

“We’ve had major wars that we’ve gone through, at least in the last 40 years, where we’ve lost fewer Kentuckians than those who we’re going to lose to Covid-19,” said Gov. Beshear. “So let’s remember that just because we don’t see numbers like New York had or Florida is going to experience, that doesn’t mean this isn’t hitting Kentucky really hard.”

 

As of Thursday, there have been at least 674,490 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.51%, unchanged from yesterday. At least 8,523 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

“We know the deaths follow large numbers of cases and that we’re going to have days when it’s really hard to read that list. But I do feel hopeful. I do feel optimistic that if we do wear that facial covering that we have found a way to stop what was going to be devastating,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

 

Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Loans Update
Gov. Beshear announced today the approval of five project loans from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) totaling $7,230,900 for wastewater and sewer system improvements in the cities of Bardstown, Calvert City, Dawson Springs, Lewisburg and Whitesburg. For more information, read the full release.

 

“Every city and county in Kentucky should have reliable wastewater and sewer systems” said Gov. Beshear. “I’m glad these five cities can make necessary updates and provide more reliable service to their communities.”

 

State Fair Update
Today, the Governor announced that through consultation with public health officials, the Kentucky State Fair Board determined that limiting the fair to participants only was a necessary step to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases.

 

The fair will feature wider aisle ways, reduced occupancy, increased hygiene accessibility and facial covering requirements. In an effort to manage crowds and social distancing, Lot A exhibits, Midway, concerts, entertainment and food vendors will not be featured in this year’s fair.

 

“By hosting a participant-only event, fair officials can more effectively enforce social distancing and facial covering requirements as well as gather the necessary information to perform contact tracing,” said Gov. Beshear. “I appreciate the board’s willingness to be agile, and their efforts to ensure that the health and safety of Kentuckians remains a top priority.”

The Kentucky State Fair will be held Aug. 20-30 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.

 

The World’s Championship Horse Show will be held without spectators and adhere to the U.S. Equestrian Federation COVID-19 guidelines.

 

“We believe the decision will allow Kentucky to continue our tradition of highlighting the state’s premiere agriculture and equestrian industry while prioritizing the health and safety of Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

“We are proud that we are having the fair, but obviously the health and safety of our community is uppermost in our minds and we’re delighted that we will at least be able to have the horse show and livestock contestants, the 4H-ers and the FFA kids,” said Steve Wilson, chair of the State Fair Board.

 

Agriculture is one of the state’s leading and most vital industries. There are nearly 76,000 farms in Kentucky, contributing about $45.6 billion to Kentucky’s economy each year.

 

For more information, visit the Kentucky State Fair’s website.

 

Corrections Update
Today, Secretary of the Executive Cabinet J. Michael Brown provided a Department of Corrections update.

 

“To date, system-wide, we’ve had 844 positive cases with inmates and 136 with our employees. But we’ve also had 560 inmates recover and 87 employees recover, leaving today 49 active employee cases and 284 active inmate cases,” said Secretary Brown.

 

Unfortunately, 10 DOC inmates have died from complications due to the coronavirus.

 

For more information on Department of Corrections cases and facilities, click here.

 

Driver’s Licensing Update
Today, the Governor’s chief of staff and general counsel, La Tasha Buckner, reminded Kentuckians that Secretary of Transportation Jim Gray issued an order for two emergency actions that help limit in-person traffic at driver’s licensing offices:

 

  1. There is a 90-day rolling extension of expiration dates for driver’s licenses whose printed expiration date was March 16 to July 6.
  2. Kentuckians must use mail or a clerk’s drop box for renewal or replacement of standard operator’s licenses, permits and ID cards that expire(d) between March 1 to Sept. 30 and do not require testing for renewal.

 

For more information, go to drive.ky.gov.

 

Pharmacy Refills Update
Buckner also announced that Gov. Beshear signed an executive order extending previous orders allowing pharmacists to dispense 30-day refills. This order will be in effect until Sept. 5 and is subject to renewal.

 

“Pharmacists in any Kentucky county can dispense emergency refills for up to 30 days on medicines that are not controlled substances to residents of any Kentucky county,” said Buckner. “You can get multiple 30-day refills. The order allows people to be healthy at home and still get the medicine they need.”

 

Price-Gouging Update
In addition, Buckner announced that Gov. Beshear signed an executive order prohibiting price gouging, extending a previous order. This order will remain in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.

 

“The order protects Kentuckians from those who would take advantage of the pandemic by charging inflated prices for goods – goods like hand sanitizer, soap, cleaners and disinfectants,” Buckner said.

 

First Lady Launches Coverings for Kids Program
First Lady Britainy Beshear on Tuesday launched a new program, Coverings for Kids, which will help Kentuckians donate facial coverings directly to school districts.

 

More information, including links to tutorials and patterns to make both child- and adult-size facial coverings, can be found on the Coverings for Kids web page. To view the complete Coverings for Kids news release, click here.

 

Expanded COVID-19 Testing
Gov. Beshear continues to encourage all Kentuckians to take advantage of coronavirus testing being offered at more than 200 locations across the commonwealth.

 

For additional information about each location, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at teamkentuckytranslations.com.

 

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In a special called meeting Thursday the Russell County School Board approved the recommendation of Superintendent Michael Ford to start the school year virtually for students. Ford spoke to WAVE NEWS following the meeting... 

The school board heard numerous options for students whose parents do not have access to the internet at their home. As of right now the school system doesn't have the Google Chromebooks that were ordered a couple of months back. Ford said this could cause a delay in the start of the school year until they are received. 

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The Columbia Police Department made an arrest Wednesday night following a brief vehicle pursuit on Liberty Road.


The pursuit began when a vehicle refused to stop during an attempted traffic stop on Fairground Street. The operator continued on into the county and finally brought his vehicle to a stop on Walker Lane. Tyler Scott Grooms, 29, of Columbia, KY has been charged with Fleeing and Evading Police, DUI, Possession of Marijuana and numerous traffic violations. Grooms was transported to TJ Health Columbia where he refused the blood draw.

CPD Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jamie Cole and members of the Adair Sheriffs Office, including the K-9 unit.
 
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A Cannon man was taken into custody by Officer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Depart just before midnight on Drug Charges…

 

David Mason, 55, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Theft by Failure to make Required Disposition of Property $500/$10,000, Persistent Felony Offender.

 

Jacob Hall, 20, of Jamestown, KY was taken into custody by the Kentucky State Police,Trooper Begley on Wednesday night. Hall is charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) No Visible Injury and Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury.

 

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Russell County reported 3 new cases Wednesday. We had 1 case released. There aer currently 29 active cases in Russell County. 28 are on self-isolation and 1 is hospitalized at Central Baptist in Lexington. The new cases are a 58 year old male, a 31 year old male, and a 10 month old female.

 

Adair County reported 1 new case of COVID19 on Wednesday. 2 cases were released Wednesday. There are 21 active cases in Adair Co. with 20 in home isolation and 1 in an area hospital.

 

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth.

 

“This is not going to last forever,” the Governor said. “We are going to make it through, but we are going to have to do what it takes to make sure as many of our fellow Kentuckians make it through with us and that we protect each other’s lives, lift up our economy and do everything we can to get our kids back in school.”

 

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Aug. 5th, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 32,741 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 546 of which were newly reported Wednesday. 21 of the newly reported cases were from children ages 5 and younger, including seven kids under a year in age with one of those being only 18 days old.

 

“Today’s number strongly suggests and I believe it’s evidence that face coverings are working,” the Governor said.

 

“Proving that even when other parts of the country may be escalating out of control, that we can still control our own destiny here in Kentucky with a small act that shows we care about each other.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported one new death Wednesday, raising the total to 752 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The death reported Wednesday was a 71-year-old woman from Logan County.

 

“That is still one family that will need our help,” Gov. Beshear said. “We pray and think about this family and what they must be going through, as we have with all of the families.”

 

As of Wednesday, there have been at least 663,100 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.51%. At least 8,467 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

“I believe you are doing the right thing, the vast majority of people are wearing a face covering and it is making a difference,” the Governor said. “It looks like we are stopping a very dangerous situation from occurring and we need to keep it up.”

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

 

Benefits and Long-Term Care Updates
Eric Friedlander, Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, provided updates Wednesday on benefit programs to help Kentuckians and work to keep long-term care facilities safe.

 

“We want folks to sign up for benefits,” Secretary Friedlander said. “It makes sense to have health care coverage during a pandemic. It also makes sense to have food during a pandemic.”

 

Secretary Friedlander continues to encourage Kentuckians to apply for health care assistance and access to food through the Medicaid, SNAP and WIC programs.

 

He said approval of a waiver under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act has been granted, giving thousands of Kentucky families an additional six months of SNAP benefits that would have expired June 30. This is in addition to an extension granted to those SNAP households with benefits expiring in March, April and May.

 

“Take advantage of signing up. When you get SNAP you support your local grocers. When you get Medicaid, you support your local health care industry,” he said. “Without Medicaid, the health care industry would collapse. Without SNAP there would be significant damage to our grocers and local communities.”

 

Secretary Friedlander also said Kentucky CARES funds are being used to support testing of staffers in all of the commonwealth’s 286 long-term care facilities every 14 days for COVID-19. The testing will continue through 2020 and will help keep residents of these facilities safer.

 

“We have done a good job in Kentucky and we are going to continue to do a good job,” Secretary Friedlander said. “We are going to continue to provide the services necessary to make a difference. I believe we have and I believe it shows in our rates.”

 

CARES Act Funds Boost Transportation
Gov. Beshear announced that the federal government has awarded $6.4 million to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The money will go to 16 regional agencies serving 79 Kentucky counties.

 

“Those transit agencies have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, through lost ridership and lost revenues,” the Governor said. “It’s important to keep them on the road because public transit is a lifeline for thousands of our fellow Kentuckians. Public transportation is how they get to jobs, medical appointments, the grocery and other places of business.”

 

Gov. Beshear noted this is the second round of CARES funding for KYTC, following $22.9 million awarded in May. The agency also is awaiting approval of a third round of funding, totaling $12.3 million, for capital projects, including new transit hubs in Richmond and Frankfort.

 

CARES Act funding can be used for a range of operating expenses, but much of it is spent specifically for the safety and protection of employees and passengers.

 

Dollar General Opening New Distribution Centers
Gov. Beshear was pleased to announce Wednesday some positive economic news that will bring hundreds of needed jobs and spur wider business activity.

 

“This morning, Dollar General Corporation announced plans to open two new distribution center facilities in the Bluegrass State, including a traditional warehouse in Walton in Boone County and a DG Fresh cold storage facility in Bowling Green in Warren County,” the Governor said.

 

The addition of both facilities is expected to create more than 365 jobs for Kentuckians and support operations at more than 2,300 store locations. Construction on both facilities is expected to begin by September 2020 with plans for Walton to be operational by January 2021 and Bowling Green by summer 2021.

 

“I wanted to take time to thank Dollar General for this latest investment in Kentucky and our people,” Gov. Beshear said. “Protecting our workers is a top priority for my administration and me as we work to recover from the widespread economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”

 

Dollar General was founded in the commonwealth, currently operates more than 580 stores in the Bluegrass State and employs more than 5,600 Kentuckians.

 

Nettie Depp Monument
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman on Wednesday announced plans to unveil the first monument honoring a woman in the state Capitol. The new monument will be placed in the West Wing of the Capitol, as planned.

 

“In honor of the United States Women’s Suffrage Centennial August 18 and Women’s Equality Day on August 26th, today I’m announcing the first monument honoring a woman, Nettie Depp, in the state Capitol,” the Lieutenant Governor said. “The unveiling of the Nettie Depp monument will occur next year, August 21, 2021.”

 

Nettie Depp was a pioneer in education in Kentucky, as a teacher, principal and elected school superintendent in 1913, seven years before women earned full voting rights in Kentucky. She advocated for improved education for every Kentuckian, regardless of gender or race.

 

“She was a true visionary in education reform and suffragist,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “The impact Nettie Depp had on her community is profound and can be felt a century later. May her life serve as a lesson to us all.”

 

She noted that the project began in 2014 and aims to redress a historical lack of honor and understanding of American history regarding women’s work, sacrifices and untold contributions.

 

“I hope that by having the statue of Nettie Depp prominently displayed in the Capitol, we can inspire the next generation of Kentuckians, promote gender equality, and highlight the importance of education and careers in education for the thousands of student visitors we welcome to Frankfort every year,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said.

 

First Lady Launches Coverings for Kids Program
First Lady Britainy Beshear on Tuesday launched a new program, Coverings for Kids, that will help Kentuckians to donate facial coverings directly to school districts.

 

More information, including links to tutorials and patterns to make both child- and adult-size facial coverings, can be found on the Coverings for Kids web page. To view the complete Coverings for Kids news release, click here.

 

Expanded COVID-19 Testing
Gov. Beshear continues to encourage all Kentuckians to take advantage of coronavirus testing being offered at more than 200 locations across the commonwealth.

 

For additional information about each location, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

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The latest local numbers of Covid-19 took a big jump on Tuesday.

 

Russell County Judge Executive Gary Robertson announced that the county had 10 new cases Tuesday. We also had 2 cases released yesterday. We now have 26 people who are on home self-isolation and 1 person is hospitalized at Central Baptist in Lexington.

 

In Adair County 6 New Cases of COVID19 were announced yesterday. We released 8. We have 22 active cases with 21 in home isolation and 1 in an area hospital.

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Russell County Schools Superintendent Michael Ford announced Tuesday that the School Board will meet in special session on Thursday, Aug. 6th, 2020. Supt. Ford tells WAVE News that he will be recommending the school system start the school year virtually. This would last until at least Fall break, then review where things stand and decide at that time to continue virtual learning or return to the classroom. Ford went on to say that the decision to make the recommendation has not been an easy one, but he feels it is best.

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Russell county Laker baseball player Hunter Thomas has signed to play baseball at rend Lake Junior College in Illinois.

 

Hunter was a 3 year starter for the Lakers and lead the team to 3 district championships a regional championship game and two semifinal appearances. He was selected as an east west all-star and 3rd team all-state. He hit over .400 for the Lakers in his career and was a finalist this year for the Johnny bench award for outstanding catcher in the state of Kentucky. He is the son of Wallace and Carla Thomas of Russell Springs. Coach Rexroat had this comment: “Hunter is a very hard worker and has put himself in a good position to be successful in college and in life. Just a special player.”

 

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Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that a drug trafficking investigation by his office in the ongoing battle of illegal drugs resulted in the arrest of Scott Hooper, age 56, from the Salem community of Russell County. Hooper was charged with Trafficking in a controlled Substance 1st degree 1st offense (Meth) and Trafficking in Marijuana less than 8oz, 1st offense. The investigation continues and more arrests may be forthcoming. Deputy Kenny Perkins is the investigating Officer and this case will be presented to the Russell County Grand Jury.

 

Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect illegal drugs being sold in your area to contact the Russell County Sheriff’s Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

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Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 40 deaths resulting in a 3.3% mortality rate among known cases.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 12 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 117 hospitalizations resulting in a 9.7% hospitalization rate among known cases. The latest state data shows that 62% of ICU beds and 24% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 40 cases today from isolation (recovered). Released cases include: Adair: 8; Casey: 11; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 3; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 5; Russell: 2; Taylor: 4; and, Wayne: 1. In all, we have released 73.8% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Deaths: We are happy to report no new deaths today. We have experienced a total of 40 deaths resulting in a 3.3% mortality rate among known cases.

 

Hospitalizations: We presently have 12 cases in the hospital. We have had a total of 117 hospitalizations resulting in a 9.7% hospitalization rate among known cases. The latest state data shows that 62% of ICU beds and 24% of ventilator capacity are being utilized.

 

Released (Recovered) Cases: We released 40 cases today from isolation (recovered). Released cases include: Adair: 8; Casey: 11; Clinton: 4; Cumberland: 3; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 5; Russell: 2; Taylor: 4; and, Wayne: 1. In all, we have released 73.8% of our total cases.

 

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 1,201 cases since the onset of the outbreak.

 

Active (Current) Cases: Taking all things into account, this leaves us with 275 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. Of those active cases, 38 are asymptomatic.

 

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 36 today: Adair: 6; Casey: 8; Cumberland: 1; Green: 1; McCreary: 1; Pulaski: 8; Russell: 10; and, Taylor: 1. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.03. This means our total case count is projected to double every 23.44 days.

 

The new cases include:

  • Adair: A 55-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 59-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic isolated, still symptomatic 
  • Adair: A 29-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 43-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic 
  • Adair: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Adair: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 50-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic 
  • Casey: A 57-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Casey: A 50-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 24-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 48-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 46-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 26-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Casey: A 21-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Cumberland: A 65-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Green: A 9-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • McCreary: A 51-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 41-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 18-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 28-year-old female who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 23-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 6-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 10-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 12-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Pulaski: A 55-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 67-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 66-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 21-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, asymptomatic
  • Russell: A 59-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 63-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 33-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 73-year-old male who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Russell: A 35-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic
  • Taylor: A 69-year-old female who is self-isolated, still symptomatic

 

Overall, this was a pretty good day. We had no new deaths and we released more cases as recovered than we added new cases. Our total hospitalizations, however, returned to twelve. We encourage everyone to continue to wear their face coverings, avoid crowds as much as possible, social distance, wash their hands frequently, increase sanitation, and avoid the touching of their faces.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 1,201 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 32,386 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across all 120 Kentucky Counties as of 08/04/20 (this includes 32,197 statewide plus 189 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s/Department for Public Health’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. 
 

The LCDHD is working tirelessly, including nights and weekends, to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact, and to follow-up daily with positive cases. Additionally, we are striving diligently to follow-up on business-related complaints regarding noncompliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders.

 

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following advocacy by Congressman James Comer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency (LCCAA) has been awarded a competitive grant to increase opioid use disorder treatment and reduce the harmful effects of substance abuse. 
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the agency $1,000,000 to support their efforts to tackle substance use disorder. Congressman James Comer, who wrote a letter in support of the grant application, applauded the support for the counties served by LCCAA and reiterated his commitment to fighting the drug epidemic.
 
“Unfortunately, the opioid epidemic has hit rural areas like ours extremely hard. But thanks to the diligent efforts of organizations like Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, we are pushing back against the drug scourge and helping struggling citizens get their lives back on track. This funding will be influential in assisting Executive Director Alicia Polston and her staff in their work to help Kentuckians recover from drug misuse,” Congressman James Comer said.
 
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency Executive Director Alicia K. Polston thanked Congressman Comer for his support for the funding: “We are thankful to Congressman Comer for his support for our grant application and commitment to fighting drug misuse in our region,” said Polston. “These resources will help our organization deliver positive change through substance use disorder treatment, prevention and recovery, and we are grateful for Congressman Comer’s partnership in fighting the drug epidemic.”
 
The grant is part of HHS’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, which was established to reduce the toll of substance use disorder by enhancing rural residents’ ability to access treatment. 
 

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LEXINGTON, KY - Aug. 4, 2020 – Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg today announced the department is investing over $13.6 million in 9 water infrastructure improvement projects across rural Kentucky.  
 
USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program and Adair County is one of the nine grant recipients.
 
“Maintaining and upgrading water and wastewater infrastructure is crucial to our rural communities,” said Legg. “Water districts that practice sound management and keep their systems in good health will be there to serve their respective communities for decades to come. Together, we can help those communities thrive, because when rural Kentucky thrives, America thrives.”
 
Adair County Water District - This Rural Development investment ($1.945 million loan/$647,930 grant) will be used to construct approximately four miles of new waterline, replace approximately 2,800 lateral feet of substandard waterline, install telemetry at 19 sites, and replace three intake pumps at the wastewater treatment plant.
 
The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. 
 

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