CDC Recommends Less Testing In New Guidelines
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County continues to show low positive COVID-19 cases, according to the latest data from the Barren River District Health Department. With only 5 new cases reported over the last 8 days, the coronavirus pandemic has consistently had a lesser impact on the county than some other areas of Kentucky.
The BRDHD reported a total of 132 known positive cases from the beginning of the pandemic in Edmonson County, with 113 recoveries and 12 deaths reported. Ten of those 12 deaths were reported from Edmonson Center. The center has reported no new deaths or any new cases in over two months. Total cases minus recoveries and deaths (25) equal seven active known cases in the county today.
New CDC recommendations regarding getting tested were also released this week. These guidelines recommend testing only when experiencing symptoms, which is in contrast to the Governor's Office's consistent recommendation of increased testing. Beshear still recommends more testing, especially if one has knowingly come in contact with someone with a positive case. Beshear disagreed with the recommendations and discussed them at his Wednesday press conference.
"That's reckless," Beshear said. "It contradicts everything that we know and have learned about this virus. It is inexplicable. And in Kentucky, we're going to still continue to do the right thing."
Some of the new CDC guideline language includes: