Darren Doyle, story:
Today, Genesis Healthcare, Edmonson Center reported more deaths to the Edmonson Voice from residents that had tested positive for COVID-19. The total virus death count for Edmonson County residents is six, all reported from the nursing home facility.
The center also reported that their total number of cases remained steady today with 27 total confirmed positive residents and one staff member.
The Barren River District Health Department reported one more new case of COVID-19 in Edmonson County today for a total of 40 Edmonson County cases; however, their total death numbers had not been updated with Edmonson Center's. The state's long term care facility report still lists numbers different than that reported by Edmonson Center; however, the facility has repeatedly stood by their numbers and have said they do not know why the state's numbers show otherwise.
There have been several questions regarding how numbers are reported and they can be confusing. It is unclear why sometimes health department numbers don't always match with state numbers from the Governor's Office, but we have been told by these offices that cutoff times for reporting are sometimes not met, other times numbers are reported but delays occur when verifying. Sometimes the numbers simply get mixed up or human error is made. The Edmonson Voice receives daily numbers from the BRDHD and we list them as a source in all our reports. We also monitor the latest numbers reported from the Governor's Office each day. We are also fortunate to be able to communicate directly with Edmonson Center in Brownsville, which has been extremely transparent in their reporting as of today. Patient information is not public knowledge and we do not publish that information unless requested by the patient or the patient's immediate family.
The BRDHD reported 724 cases in the district today, an increase of 66 since yesterday. The Governor's Office reported 5,934 total confirmed cases in Kentucky today, up from 5,822 (112 more than yesterday).