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No new cases in McCreary after free testing day

By Greg Bird

Over 100 McCreary Countians took advantage of the free COVID-19 testing offered by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, McCreary County Fiscal Court and South Fork Medical last Wednesday.
While not testing as many people as they hoped, county officials are pleased with results as no positive cases were reported as a result of the tests, meaning McCreary County has now gone three weeks without an active case. The total number of cases in the county since the outbreak began has remained steady at 13.
According to the latest data from LCDHD the 10-county district now has 10 active cases, up three from last week, but only one of the cases is hospitalized while all others are in self-isolation. The hospitalized patient is one of four active cases in Pulaski County. Casey County has three reported cases, and Adair, Russell and Taylor County’s each have one.
In the district a total of 13 new cases had been added since last week when the total stood at 7, but 10 cases have been cleared. The death toll in the district had increased by 1, for a total of 26.
In the Commonwealth new cases continue to increase at a rate of more than 158 cases each day over the past week. Governor Andy Beshear’s office is reporting a total of 10,185 cases in Kentucky, an increase of more than 1,000 over the last seven days. The rate in the state is doubling the number of cases about every two weeks, about half the average of the entire United States. According to data from Johns Hopkins University only 18 other states and territories have a lower growth rate than Kentucky.

The death total for the state increased by 48 since last week, jumping to 442 total deaths.
In Governor Beshear public update Tuesday he commented on a new decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirms that his actions to protect public health are consistent with the U.S. Constitution.
In four federal court cases, plaintiffs – including Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron – argued that Kentucky’s executive order on mass gatherings, which prohibited people from congregating in groups, was unconstitutional. Gov. Beshear and officials with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services insisted that the restrictions were both legal and necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Late Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order agreeing with Gov. Beshear and confirming that the order limiting mass gatherings did not violate the Constitution.
In an opinion rejecting a church’s challenge to California’s order against mass gatherings, Chief Justice John Roberts said state officials have broad latitude to protect public health and admonished federal courts not to “second-guess” states’ temporary emergency measures.

“Where those broad limits are not exceeded, they should not be subject to second-guessing by an ‘unelected federal judiciary,’ which lacks the background, competence, and expertise to assess public health and is not accountable to the people,” Roberts wrote in his opinion.

The Governor’s Office of General Counsel is making the various federal courts aware of the Supreme Court’s decisive opinion, which should resolve all current cases challenging the Governor’s orders.

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