Long lines may greet voters who don’t use mail

FREE In-person voters may face longer lines than usual on day of election

Letcher County voters who refuse to vote by mail may have a long wait on Election Day. There will be only one polling place open for the June 23 Primary Election. County Clerk Winston Meade said the state of Kentucky has replaced the old touch-screen voting machines, and there are far too few new machines to open polling places in […]

Coronavirus cases expected to rise with testing

FREE MCHC to offer free drive-thru tests this weekend

A 51-year-old woman from Letcher County has tested positive for Covid-19. She is the fourth person in the county to test positive for the viral disease, but Kentucky River District Health Director Scott Lockard said he does not expect that she will be the last. “We’re fully expecting to get more cases as Mountain Comp ramps up their testing,” Lockard […]

MCHC is offering free testing for COVID-19


With still relatively few eastern Kentuckians getting tested for COVID-19, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporations will step up the pace with two free three-day drive-through test sites. The Whitesburg-based company will hold testing May 15, 16, and 18 at its new campus at the old Whitesburg High School, 38 College Drive, just off the Whitesburg Bypass. The testing will be offered […]

Third Covid-19 case has recovered, officials say


The woman who tested positive is now considered to be recovered because of the amount of time that passed from the time the test was performed until the results were returned.

Letcher County citizens are asked to vote by mail

FREE Preparing now to vote by mail

With the Primary Election just over a month away on June 23, voters should verify that the state has their correct address now, in preparation for receiving postcards explaining how to vote in the coronavirus age. Board of Elections Chairman Ben Chandler said he and others at the state level are “strongly encouraging” everyone to vote by mail, not in […]

Woman is “probable” third Covid-19 patient in Letcher County

The Kentucky River District Health Department is reporting a third “probable” case of Covid-19 in Letcher County. The department says a 51-year-old female tested positive for the virus in an IgM Antibody test, but has not had an RNA test to confirm the results. The IgM test is a blood test that looks for antibodies produced by the body to […]

Cornettsville Post Office customers might have been exposed to virus

FREE Health officials say postal employee has tested positive for coronavirus

Health officials say anyone who visited the Cornettsville Post Office between April 8 and April 24 might have been exposed to Covid-19. The Kentucky River District Health Department today announced the 16th case of Covid-19 in Perry County was a 55-year-old woman employed at the post office. Epidemiologists are tracing contacts of the woman now to determine who might have […]

Second Covid patient self-isolating at home

FREE 57-year-old not a known contact of other patients in the Kentucky River Health District

The second person to test positive for Covid-19 in Letcher County is a 57-year-old man who is self-isolating at home. District health Director Scott Lockard said the epidemiologist who interviewed the man said he is doing “very well” at home, and is not a known contact of any of the other positive cases in the district. The person was tested […]

Health Department awaits info on second Letcher Countian to test positive for virus

FREE Patient was tested at Shelby Valley drive-through site

A second Letcher Countian has tested positive for Covid-19, but apparently does not yet know.

Doctors, clinics begin slow process of reopening


Letcher Countians can begin making appointments for some face-to-face doctor’s visits and elective procedures after Gov. Andy Beshear signed an order releasing some Covid-19 restrictions beginning Monday. Appalachian Regional Healthcare’s Whitesburg Hospital is still working on its plan. Mountain Comprehensive Health is still working on whether and how to open its dental clinic because of the nature of dental treatment. […]

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