In his evening press conference last night, Governor Andy Beshear announced that there are at least 1,452 cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Of these cases, 134 were newly confirmed. Also of these cases, 395 have recovered from the virus. However, there were also six new deaths reported on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 79. In terms of new orders, Governor Beshear made the decision to close Natural Bridge and Cumberland Falls State Resort parks due to concerns related to public gathering. The Governor stresses not using resort parks for socializing or gatherings, or else others will have to be closed as well. In addition, Governor Beshear has expanded the number of workers who can receive workers compensation if they are ordered to be quarantined. This includes military, active National Guard, child-care workers, grocery store workers, domestic violence shelter workers, corrections officers, postal workers, and Department of Community Based Services workers.
The first COVID-19 related death has taken place in the region. In a statement released yesterday, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department confirmed that a Meade County resident, who had previously been diagnosed with the virus, had succumb to the illness. No additional information on the individual has been released at this time.
The Larue County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two missing teens. 16-year-old Taylor Flatt and 17-year-old Cole Roberts have been reported missing by their families. It is possible that the two missing juveniles are together. Information on the whereabouts of Taylor or Cole should be directed to the Larue County Sheriff’s Office or other local authorities. Photos of the two are available to view on the Larue County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Fort Knox is making the public aware of a change in policy currently on post. Beginning today, anyone visiting a public or shopping facility on post is required to wear a face covering at all times. This includes the visitor center, post office, and Lindsey Golf Course Pro Shop among others. The health code on post currently is “Charlie”.
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department has announced that there are currently 48 cases of COVID-19 in their service area. The breakdown of cases is as follows: 22 in Hardin, two in Larue, ten in Marion, two in Meade, nine in Nelson, and three in Washington. However, despite all the negativity, the department is doing their best to share the positive things happening as well. Public Health Director Sarah Jo Best noted that the majority of those with the virus have been able to isolate at home, not having to go to a hospital. In addition, there are some who are actively recovering from the virus and being released from quarantine. The department continues to urge residents to practice safe social distancing and to follow the Governor’s ten-step plan.