“Lawrence County is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. At the beginning of July, Lawrence County had recorded eight (8) positive cases. To date in July, we have recorded 17 cases. We will report six (6) additional cases today bringing the total to 31. Some are symptomatic and some are asymptomatic. According to our investigations, none of these cases have been vacation travel related. What we are seeing is happening right here in Lawrence County – churches, funerals, family and friends gathering together and not taking the proper precautions.
Lawrence County Health Department’s mission is to promote, improve, and protect community health and well-being through education, prevention, and response. That mission has never been more important than right now.
As public health director, I am asking – I am begging – every Lawrence County resident to please wear a facial covering as mandated by Governor Beshear. Along with social distancing and hand hygiene, it is the best measure available to prevent the spread of this virus.
I want to get back to life as usual just as much as the next person. I haven’t seen my daughter since Christmas. But I also want to make sure my 87-year-old mother does not contract the virus. I know most of you would give the shirt off your back to help someone in need. So instead of taking off your shirt, put on a mask and show how much you care about your family, friends and neighbors.”
Debbie Miller, MBA, MT(ASCP)
Public Health Director
Lawrence County Health Department
1080 Meadowbrook Lane
Louisa, KY 41230
Phone: 606-638-4389, extension 61
Lawrence County is not alone by far as neighboring Johnson County has also seen a significant rise in the number of cases reported.
“July 26, 2020 – Today is the first day Johnson County has reported multiple positive cases in the same day. We have 4 new cases today – a 20 year old symptomatic male, a 20 year old symptomatic female, a 55 year old asymptomatic female, and a 36 year old symptomatic male. All are isolating at home and contacts have been notified and quarantined. Today’s cases bring the total count for Johnson County to 25,” A report on the Johnson Co. Health Dept. Health Dept. said.
In Martin County at least nine cases have been reported in the past week.
As of 3 p.m. July 26, Gov. Andy Beshear said there were at least 27,079 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 316 of which were newly reported Sunday. Eight new cases were from children ages 5 and younger.
“Kentucky is in that spot now where if we don’t act, we will look a lot like states in the South that are facing devastating consequences,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thankfully today’s numbers are lower than what we’ve seen recently, but we know less testing comes in on Sundays.”
An important announcement is expected at 4pm today outlining new action by the state government which will affect all Kentuckians, a preliminary report said this morning.