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New COVID-19 cases tied to Perry County church, others announced in Eastern Kentucky

New cases of COVID-19 announced in Eastern Kentucky.
New cases of COVID-19 announced in Eastern Kentucky.(NBC15)
Published: Jun. 13, 2020 at 11:54 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) -

Update June 15th 3:00p.m.:

The Kentucky River District Health Department announced 21 new positive cases from Saturday and Sunday. 13 of those cases in Perry County and eight in Letcher County.

Scott Lockard, Kentucky River District Public Health Director, encourages people not to get complacent.

“We are not through with COVID-19. It is still out there and it is still spreading from person to person so if you don’t have to be in a mass gathering then please don’t be," said Lockard.

Lockard says they have been working with the Trinity Holiness Tabernacle Church where several cases are tied to.

“We’ve been working with them and we’ve been working with the individuals who tested positive there and churches are no different than any other location," said Lockard. “Again they’ve been nothing but cooperative with this. They’ve gone back to virtual services. They are not gonna have services in person for the next couple of weeks. “

As he continues to encourage everyone to continue to wash hands thoroughly, wear masks, and social distance.

“You should never blame any individual for contracting COVID-19. Some of us will take all the precautions we can and we still may contract it and it still may spread to others. That is the nature of this virus," said Lockard.

Original Story:

The Kentucky River District Health Department announced nine new cases of COVID-19 in their jurisdiction on Saturday. Five cases were out of Perry County. A 53-year-old woman, a 49-year-old man, a 51-year-old man, a 57-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man tested positive.

Health officials said multiple cases are linked to The Trinity Holiness Tabernacle Church in Perry County. If you attended this Church from May 24-June 7, 2020, you could have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor for symptoms.

Four cases were also reported in Letcher County. A 40-year-old woman, a 55-year-old man, a 49-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man tested positive for the virus.

Perry County now has 28 confirmed cases.

Letcher County now has 8 confirmed cases.

Kentucky River District Health Department said they expect more cases as more testing becomes available.

In Harlan County, two new cases were reported by the Harlan County Health Department. The county now has 13 confirmed cases.

Health officials with the Pike County Health Department confirmed three cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases for Pike County to 50. A 72-year-old man, a 76-year-old man, and a 46-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19. They are all asymptomatic.

Public Health officials continue to urge the public to abide by social distancing guidelines, wear face masks when appropriate and have good hygiene practices.

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