Local health departments report new COVID-19 cases Thursday

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 5:19 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2020 at 5:21 AM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Health departments across Eastern Kentucky gave updates on local coronavirus cases on Thursday.

The Kentucky River District Health Department reported four confirmed positive cases and two probable cases. Those include a 55-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman from Knott County, a 73-year-old woman from Letcher County, a 50-year-old man from Owsley County and an 84-year-old man from Perry County. Officials say they still have 166 active cases in their district with 262 recoveries.

The Cumberland Valley District Health Department reported seven new cases in Rockcastle County on Thursday. They also reported one recovery in Clay County and two recoveries in Jackson County.

Officials with the Laurel County Health Department report seven new cases. They include a seven-month-old boy, a 74-year-old woman, a 22-year-old man, a five-year-old boy, a 62-year-old woman, a 66-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman. All are recovering at home.

The Bell County Health Department reported five new cases, bringing their total to 327. 79 of those are still active and 248 have recovered.

The Pike County Health Department announced five new cases Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 287. Of those cases, 34 remain active. One person is being treated in the hospital while the rest are isolated at home. As the county nears 300 cases, and other counties continue to see the spread, Public Health Director Tammy Riley urges people to remember the 5 Cs: civic duty, remain calm, clean, cover, and contain.

“You know, here we are mid-August and it’s still our strongest weapon and will remain, as far as we can see, will remain our strongest weapon until a vaccine or a treatment is available,” Riley said.

In Johnson County, officials with the health department are warning people who attended a funeral on August 8th at Phelps and Son Funeral Home to monitor themselves for symptoms due to possible exposure to the virus.

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department’s report was late due to a power outage. They reported 14 new cases between Pulaski and McCreary County. The new cases are a 75-year-old man, a 73-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man in McCreary County and a 47-year-old woman, a nine-year-old girl, a 48-year-old man, an 82-year-old man, a 56-year-old woman, a 50-year-old woman, a 51-year-old man, a 35-year-old man, a 62-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman and a 76-year-old woman from Pulaski County.

Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley reported 10 new cases in his county on Thursday, bringing their total since the pandemic started there to 288. 51 of those cases are still active. They include a 48-year-old woman, a 35-year-old man, a 21-year-old man, 35-year-old woman, a 17-year-old girl, a 49-year-old woman, a 43-year-old man, a 73-year-old man, a 77-year-old woman and a 76-year-old woman. They are all in quarantine at home.

The Knox County Health Department reported two new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing their total to 265. Floyd County added one new case, bringing their total to 116.

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