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Bell County reports second COVID-19 fatality in three days Friday; cluster of Knox County cases associated with Baptist Primary Care in Barboruville

The Bell County Health Department reported its second COVID-19 fatality in three days Friday afternoon. Friday’s victim was a 68-year-old male, and was the fifth COVID-19 fatality reported in Bell County. On Wednesday, the Bell County Health Department reported the death of an...
Posted On 07 Aug 2020

Laurel County reports fifth COVID-19 fatality Thursday; Barbourville Walmart employee tests positive for virus

Whitley, McCreary, Bell, Knox and Laurel counties all reported additional COVID-19 cases Thursday with Laurel County reporting its fifth COVID-19 fatality. In addition, one of the new Knox County cases worked at the Barbourville Walmart. “Our condolences go out to the family of...
Posted On 06 Aug 2020

Bell County reports fourth COVID-19 death Wednesday

Knox, Whitley, Laurel, McCreary and Bell County all reported new COVID-19 cases Wednesday with Bell County reporting its fourth COVID-19 death, which was an 81-year-old male. The Bell County Health Department reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, including five individual...
Posted On 05 Aug 2020

Knox County sees double-digit increase in new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Whitley, Laurel, Bell and McCreary counties all reported new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, but in fewer numbers than each health department has generally reported daily in the past week. However, the same can’t be said for Knox County, which had a double-digit increase in additional...
Posted On 05 Aug 2020

Unemployment rates for Whitley, surrounding counties drop to near pre-COVID levels

June unemployment rates for Whitley and its surrounding counties in Kentucky have largely dropped back to near pre-COVID-19 levels, according to figures from the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet....
Posted On 04 Aug 2020

Barbourville restaurant employee tests positive for COVID-19 Monday

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) reported eight new COVID-19 cases Monday, including one child, and an employee at a Barbourville restaurant. “One of these positive cases is employed at Two Amigos Mexican Restaurant, Barbourville. KCHD is working closely with management...
Posted On 03 Aug 2020

Weekend COVID-19 update: Bell, McCreary counties add new cases

Bell and McCreary counties have both reported additional COVID-19 cases this weekend. The Bell County Health Department reported five new cases Sunday, and three new cases Saturday bringing the total number of new cases in Bell County to 276. Bell County now has 86 active cases,...
Posted On 02 Aug 2020

Laurel, Whitley, Bell and McCreary all report additional COVID-19 cases Friday

Laurel, Whitley, Bell and McCreary counties all reported additional COVID-19 cases Friday. The Whitley County Health Department announced five new cases Friday, which all tested positive with either a PCR/Molecular or antigen test. The Whitley County Health Department reported 12...
Posted On 31 Jul 2020

Whitley, Laurel counties report double-digit increases Thursday in new COVID-19 cases

Both Whitley and Laurel counties reported double-digit increases Thursday in the number of new COVID-19 cases. The Whitley County Health Department announced Thursday that 19 new COVID-19 cases, which all tested positive with either a PCR/molecular or antigen test. The Whitley...
Posted On 30 Jul 2020

Additional COVID-19 cases reported in Bell, Laurel and Whitley counties Wednesday

Bell, Laurel, and Whitley counties all reported additional COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The Laurel County Health Department announced Wednesday that 12 new COVID-19 cases had been reported, who ranged in age from an 8-year-old to a 53-year-old. All 12 new cases are recovering at...
Posted On 29 Jul 2020