Kentucky reported 277 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total of cases to just over 19 thousand statewide, and capping a week in which the state reported a nearly 50 percent increase in cases over the prior week.
After reporting three new cases on Saturday, Russell County yesterday reported no new cases.
On Saturday, there were 453 COVID-19 cases reported across the state, which was the second-highest daily total ever reported in Kentucky.
In a statement yesterday, Governor Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians to wear masks in public, which he made mandatory through an order that took effect Friday evening.
“It’s a requirement, just like wearing your seatbelt,” Beshear said. “At every store, it’s no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service. This is just where we are in our battle as Americans and as Kentuckians against COVID-19.”
The new cases announced Saturday in Russell County include a 49 year old female, one female patient at Fairoaks Nursing Home, and a female worker at Fairoaks. Russell County now has 25 active cases, all of whom are on self-isolation at home.
Also Saturday, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department announced that a recent cluster of cases are associated with employees of Cracker Barrel restaurant in Somerset. A spokesperson for Cracker Barrel said the health and safety of its employees and guests is top priority, and said the restaurant was working closely with the Lake Cumberland district health department on the matter.