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More federal funding released for Kentucky’s COVID-19 response efforts

Additional federal funding is being released for Kentucky’s coronavirus-related response efforts to enhance local testing and support for hospitals and small businesses from the CARES Act, approved by Congress last month. “With historic amounts of federal funding...
Posted On 26 Apr 2020
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Health Department’s Facebook viewership up immensely as COVID-19 hits the area

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whitley County Health Department’s Facebook page, where it has been publishing much of its information for the public about the virus, has gotten a lot more popular to the tune of over 3,000 followers. “That may be double a year ago,” Public...
Posted On 24 Apr 2020

Ninth COVID-19 case diagnosed in Whitley County Wednesday

The Whitley County Health Department reported its ninth COVID-19 case late Wednesday afternoon. A total of four cases have been released from isolation, and five patients are still in isolation. Six diagnosed patients have been males, and three females. Two patients are/were...
Posted On 22 Apr 2020

Gordon Hill Circle K reopens with new restrictions

The Circle K on Gordon Hill in Corbin reopened Saturday after being closed due to an employee being diagnosed with COVID–19. Company officials closed the store Thursday after learning that the employee, who had last worked at the store on April 7, had contracted the virus....

Despite COVID-19, several local businesses are still operating

In an effort to support our fellow small business – many of which are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic – the News Journal has assembled at least a partial list of businesses in the Corbin and Williamsburg areas that are still operating. We assembled this list through a...
Posted On 22 Apr 2020

Adopt a high school senior programs popping up

While the Class of 2020 will not experience the traditional graduation ceremonies because of COVID–19, groups in Corbin, Whitley County and Williamsburg have started a community effort to let the seniors know how much their hard work is appreciated by encouraging people t...

Rate of new coronavirus cases slows locally

The rate that people are testing positive for COVID-19 locally has slowed down in recent days, but it is still increasing. Tuesday afternoon, Whitley County reported its eighth confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a non-hospitalized adult. Whitley County Public Health Director...
Posted On 22 Apr 2020

Local school districts making plans in light of decision not to resume traditional classes

K-12 students across Kentucky will not be returning to school this school year. During a conference call with superintendents Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear said students would remain on the non-traditional instructional (NTI) days for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Schools...

Nursing homes use internet to keep residents, families in touch

With nursing homes across Kentucky closed to visitors in an effort to protect residents from the COVID–19 pandemic, area nursing homes, including Hillcrest, Corbin, Williamsburg and Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center, are using social media and applications such as...

Four Whitley County COVID-19 patients now released from isolation

In regards to COVID-19 cases in Whitley County, health department officials released some good news Monday afternoon as four of the seven diagnosed patients have now been released from isolation. Whitley County’s most recent case was a non-hospitalized adult whose diagnosis was...
Posted On 20 Apr 2020