Local COVID cases decrease this week; Wayne, Pulaski each have highest

There were four new COVID-19 cases in Russell County this week, a decrease of four from last week’s total of eight, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Looking at other counties in the Lake Cumberland District, Wayne and Pulaski County each had 15 cases, Taylor County had 12 cases, Clinton County had nine cases, Green County each had eight cases, McCreary County and Adair County each reported five cases, and Cumberland County had one case. Casey County did not report any new cases this week.

Russell County and the rest of the 10-county Lake Cumberland District are again “green” this week with virus spread as the region continues to have the lowest level of COVID-19 spread. Only Breathitt and Letcher counties in eastern Kentucky have the medium level of virus spread and are considered “yellow”.

Kentucky’s current incidence rate, per 100,000 population, is 3.83 percent. Statewide, there were 1,717 new cases and 57 newly reported deaths this week.