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New York Times data not helpful in determining COVID impact

(Editor’s note: All numbers and rankings from The New York Times COVID data were taken from the charts at noon on Sept. 14.) Several Kentucky media outlets are reporting stories of The News York Times COVID data stating eight Eastern Kentucky counties are in the top 20 counties...

COVID numbers still rising in Whitley County

The Whitley County Health Department announced 125 new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since Friday Sept. 3 on Tuesday. Of the new cases, officials reported 19 cases involved children and three cases were considered breakthrough cases meaning the individual had been fully...

#ENDOVERDOSE awareness walk moved to virtual format

The Whitley County Health Department moved its End Overdose Awareness Walk from in-person to a virtual event due to both weather and COVID rates. The walk was scheduled for Aug. 31, on International Overdose Awareness Day. Harm Reduction Case Manager Kelsee Dewees said several...

COVID cases continue to increase

The Whitley County Health Department announced 109 new COVID–19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases to 608. Among the new cases, officials noted that 46 involved children and five were breakthrough cases meaning the individual had been fully vaccinated....

Whitley County sees 342 new COVID–19 cases this week

The Whitley County Health Department announced 342 new COVID–19 cases over the last week. Officials noted that is a 49.4 percent increase over the previous week. The largest number of cases in a single day this week occurred on Wednesday when 108 cases were reported. “None were...

Whitley Co.’s COVID-19 incidence rate one of 13 highest rates in the state

The Whitley County Health Department announced 56 new COVID–19 cases on Tuesday. Officials said 15 of these cases involve children, while two are breakthrough cases, meaning the individuals have been fully vaccinated against COVID–19. There are currently 331 active COVID–19 cases...

Corbin Rotary Club to host bicycle rodeo

The Corbin Rotary Club will host a bicycle rodeo on Saturday during NIBROC. The one day only event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Whitley County Extension Office and the Whitley County Health Department. The rodeo will offer bicycle safety education, a...

Whitley County has first ‘breakthrough’ COVID–19 death

The Whitley County Health Department has announced the county’s first breakthrough COVID–19 related death. Whitley County Public Health Director Marcy Rein said the adult over the age of 65 died Tuesday. “That person was fully vaccinated,” Rein said noting that the individual was...

Two new COVID-related deaths in Whitley County

The Whitley County Health Department reported two COVID–19 related deaths last week, marking the first such deaths since June 4. Whitley County Public Health Director Marcy Rein said both of the recent deaths involved adults under the age of 55. “Neither one had been vaccinated,”...

Whitley County Health Department features new pantry in lobby

The Whitley County Health Department’s Williamsburg Office has a new fixture in its lobby. The Little Free Pantry was added in June. It works as a “give what you can, take what you need” pantry. It contains things like food, hygiene and paper items. The health department asks...