Lake Cumberland District, entire state in lowest level of COVID spread

The 10-county Lake Cumberland District continues in the “green,” or low level of COVID-19 spread this week, and for the first time in a long time, the entire state of Kentucky is “green” this week, according to newly released data by the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

According to those federal statistics, Russell County’s current case rate, per 100,000 population, is 55.8.

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would end the national Covid-19 emergency declared by then-President Donald Trump back in March 2020.

The joint resolution, which cleared the House earlier this year, now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk and, despite opposition, Biden is expected to sign it this week.

The federal COVID response would then be treated more like an endemic threat to public health that could be managed through agencies’ normal authorities, rather than the previous pandemic status.