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McCreary County’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise according to the Lake Cumberland District Health Department.

The latest data from the LCDHD shows McCreary County at nine total cases, with four of the patients released from isolation as they have apparently recovered from the virus. The other five cases are under self-isolation. In total cases based on population McCreary has the second highest rate in the district with 5.22 cases per every 10,000 in population. Only Adair County, with 23.96 per every 10,000 is higher. Pulaski County, 4.77, is third. 63 percent of the cases in the district are female, and the average age of all cases is 57.

In the 10-county area covered by the LCDHD there is at least one case in every county as of this week, with the majority occurring in Adair County, following the discovery of widespread illness in the Summit Manor Nursing Home. 41 cases of staff and patients were reported in the facility Friday, with 33 individuals reported in self-isolation and eight others hospitalized. There are two deaths reported from Adair County. With the two previously reported in Pulaski County, a total of four deaths have occurred in the LCDHD’s coverage area.

Health District officials say they continue to monitor the Adair facility as well as the Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Russell County where five cases have been recorded, two requiring hospitalization.

A total of 109 cases are now reported by the LCDHD in the District, more than double last week’s total of 53. Of those 68 cases are considered active, with 12 in the hospital. 37 patients have been released from isolation.

In the LCDHD daily public information brief, officials say they believe the virus to be widespread in the region, and are continuing to investigate cases to determine who the infected individuals came in to contact with to notify them.

Statewide, reports 2,210 positive cases in Kentucky with 115 total deaths.

Governor Andy Beshear announced this week that the state’s first drive-through testing facility has been opened in Franklin County, and plans are to announce further locations for the free testing as soon as possible.

Tennessee has already begun rolling out free testing sites across the state. Scott County, which has 10 reported cases as of Wednesday, will have a testing site available this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The testing will be located at 344 Court Street, Huntsville. For more information, please call 423-663-2445. Additional testing will be provided at the Scott County Health Department on weekdays during normal business hours.

Tennessee residents are reminded there is no charge for the test, but once tested the individuals will be required to self-isolate for five days until the test results come back.

Tennessee has seen 5,823 positive cases and 124 deaths. Nationwide totals as of Wednesday morning show 614,180 cases and 26,061 deaths. 49,857 people have reportedly recovered from the virus.

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