This week marked two years since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kentucky.
The first confirmed COVID case in Kentucky was March 6, 2020, although many researchers now believe there were infections before that date.
Since then, Russell County has not been spared from the impact of the pandemic. In total, Lake Cumberland District Health Department data shows that more than 6,100 Russell Countians have contracted the virus, with that number believed to be substantially higher due to the prevalence of at-home tests, in which positive results are often not reported to the health department.
The health department has also reported 81 COVID-related deaths since the onset of the pandemic.
As of now, health experts are cautiously optimistic moving forward with COVID-19. Case numbers have trended down quite a bit since the latest Omicron surge, and with the prevalence of vaccines and treatments, along with the upcoming spring and summer when more people will be outside and there is less illness, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is now moving toward weekly COVID updates instead of daily.
This happened last year, but a rise in the Delta variant brought with it a significant uptick in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, so health officials continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Kentucky with guarded optimism.