As of press time, there was a total of 105 cases of COVID-19 in the Lincoln Trail District. Additional cases were reported in Hardin, Marion, and Nelson Counties. The total number of cases per county is as follows: Hardin--43, LaRue--5, Marion--17, Meade--12, Nelson--23, and Washington--5. Currently, 97 cases are on home isolation or have been released from monitoring-- please refer to ltdhd.org for county level information about cases.
The first U.S. case of COVID-19 was identified in January 2020. By mid-March, every state and four U.S. territories had reported at least one case. Yesterday, the nation reached over 1 million cases of Americans infected with the virus. As a result, our daily life has changed in drastic ways. Communities have taken unprecedented steps to curb the rise in COVID-19 cases. Houses of worship, industries, and small businesses were closed or required to change operations. As a result, over 30% of the U.S. adult working population was forced into unemployment. The new normal has been one of being healthy at home, practicing physical distancing and donning face masks when outside the home. The silver lining is that this painful process has worked. In fact, these measures have worked so well that many states are seeing a plateau in the number of new COVID-19 cases. This has caused many Governors to begin easing restrictions and reopening their economies. Kentucky is no exception. Governor Beshear has outlined guidelines for a gradual reopening of the state’s businesses and industries (see attachment below). The first phase began with healthcare on April 27th . Starting with health care serves two purposes: as the state’s economy is slowly restarted, healthcare facilities have time to build medical resources and are better prepared to deal with any spike in COVID-19 cases; and it allows leaders to get a glimpse of how citizens will respond to the strict measures needed to open additional businesses.
Contingent on what is seen in healthcare, a broader reopening of Phase1 will begin May 11th . This would allow certain parts of the business sector to open their doors. If there is not a surge in COVID-19 cases from the May 11th openings, then additional businesses will be allowed to return to operation on May 20th and May 25th . All phases are subject to roll back or delay should public health officials see a spike in new cases. Businesses are encouraged to look at their processes and to start preparing now for what a safe reopening could look like in their industry