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Murray State University is beginning its second week with students on campus, and MSU President Bob Jackson tells WKMS despite a few hiccups, things are going well overall. He said he hopes the combination of students and staff adhering to the Racer Restart health measures and “making good choices” will result in the university’s ability to complete the fall semester in-person.

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Calloway County has seen a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases that health leaders say is connected primarily to community spread, with more cases expected as local school districts and Murray State University bring back students for in-person learning. 

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The Calloway County Health Department will be under new leadership effective Aug. 10 following the recent resignation of Public Health Director Amy Ferguson.

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 The Calloway County Health Department is reporting a third confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the county. 

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The Calloway County Health Department confirms the county’s second case of the novel coronavirus. The announcement comes as the virus is spreading in west Kentucky with reported cases in Lyon County and McCracken County


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  Murray-Calloway County Hospital today confirmed the county’s first case of COVID-19: one of its employees. According to a press release, the employee spent time with an out-of-town visitor who attended a church service in Murray last weekend. Calloway County Health Department confirms the service was at Murray's University Church of Christ, who last night alerted the community via social media a visitor at their March 15 service tested positive for the new coronavirus. 

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A church in Murray says a visitor who attended the church’s service Sunday, March 15, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. 


  This season’s flu shot is less effective than year’s past. That’s according to Calloway County Health Department public health director Amy Ferguson.

The Murray-Calloway Wellness Consortium has partnered with the Murray-Calloway County Hospital and the Calloway County Public Health Department to start a community-wide health assessment to identify and address the county's healthcare needs.