By Kaitlyn Wilson
On Sunday, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department released that a cluster of positive cases has been identified and connected to Cracker Barrel employees in Somerset, Ky. According to the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, Cracker Barrel has closed on premise dining and is now only offering take-out and curbside pick-up. The contact tracing for Cracker Barrel employees is complete, however they have no way of knowing who has recently dined in the restaurant.
The LCDHD is asking for anyone who dined at the Somerset Cracker Barrel between June 27 and July 11 to consider being tested, especially if you exhibit any of the symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
McCreary County has seen a decrease in active cases of COVID-19; however we still have one active case. So far, there have been a total of 20 cases in the county, with 19 now being listed as recovered. The total number of cases in the Lake Cumberland District has since increased to 653 cumulative cases, with 231 of those remaining active. Of those active cases, 46 are asymptomatic. So far, the district has experienced 32 deaths.
In the Lake Cumberland District, Casey County has seen the biggest spike in active cases with 70 cases being current. Pulaski County is the next highest within the region, sitting at 38 cases and Adair County following close behind at 34. Taylor County has 28 cases, Russell County has 20 cases, Wayne County has 16 cases, Green County has 15 cases, Cumberland County has 8 cases, and Clinton County has 1 current case.
On July 9th, Governor Andy Beshear held an update conference on COVID-19. In it, he announced a new statewide mask mandate, requiring Kentucky citizens to wear a mask inside and outside when you can’t practice social distancing. Shoppers in retail and grocery stores and those waiting in line at a bar or restaurant must wear masks. There are a few exemptions to this rule however. Children five and under, along with any person with a disability or mental impairment who couldn’t wear one safely are exempt from wearing the masks. Additionally, any person who is hearing impaired and need to read lips, and people who are talking to someone who is hearing impaired, are not required to wear a mask. Masks also are not necessary when eating, drinking, or exercising as long as you are 6 feet away from others, but you may need to wear one when moving around inside of such buildings.
For more information you can call the LCDHD Covid-19 hotline 24 hours a day at 800-722-5725, visit lcdhd.org, or go to kycovid-19.gov.