Health department reports 189 local COVID-19 cases

Published 12:08 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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Two local deaths being reviewed

As they have for several weeks now, the number of local COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
As of Tuesday this week, the Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) reported 189 active cases of the novel coronavirus in Lincoln County.

LCHD Director Diane Miller said there were a total of 96 contacts being monitored as of Tuesday morning and 11 individuals were hospitalized due to the virus.

Miller said there are currently two deaths under review by the state to determine whether they are COVID-19-related.

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On the state level, Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,124 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 179,041 cases.

The governor reported the state’s total number of COVID-19 related deaths is now 1,908.

Beshear said the state is seeing a 9.42 percent positivity rate.

The governor said the state should receive its first round of Pfizer vaccines in early December and two groups – long-term care residents and staff and COVID-19 healthcare workers – will receive the vaccine first.

Kentucky is also expecting 76,000 Moderna vaccines later in December, Beshear said.

Miller said she is urging the public to get their flu shot now, as the state is beginning to see a rise in the number of flu cases.