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Local health departments release COVID-19 numbers, three new deaths on Friday

Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 4:46 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Health departments across Eastern Kentucky released new coronavirus numbers on Friday.

The Knox County Health Department reported one new death Friday. They also reported seven new cases bringing the county’s total to 315.

The Johnson County Health Department reported the county’s first COVID-19 related death, a 63-year-old man. Health Officials also reported four new cases, a 25-year-old woman, a 61-year-old man, a 12-year-old girl and a 56-year-old man. This brings the county’s total to 106 with 69 recovered and 36 active cases. Six are in the hospital.

The Johnson County Health Department is warning of possible COVID-19 exposure at Lowe’s in Paintsville. Health officials say if you visited the Lowe’s in Paintsville on Monday, August 17, 2020, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. you need to monitor for symptoms for the next 14 days. Extra steps were taken to bring in a third party to clean and sanitize the store.

The Kentucky River District Health Department announced eight new COVID-19 cases and one death on Friday. The death is a 60-year-old man from Perry County. This brings a total number of cases in the district to 509 with 11 total deaths.

Breaking down numbers further, there were two new cases in Knott County for a total of 83 cases there, with 49 considered active. There was one new case reported in Lee County on Friday, bringing that county’s total to eight, with five considered active. There was one new case reported in Leslie County on Friday, upping the county total to 36 cases, with 16 considered active. One new case was reported Friday in Owsley County, bringing the county total to 26, with 19 considered active. Perry County reported two new cases Friday, bringing the county total to 269, 108 of those are considered active. The death in Perry County marks the eighth COVID-related death in the county. And one case was reported Friday in Wolfe County, bringing the county total to 23, with 14 considered active.

The Kentucky River District Health Department is also warning that positive cases have been linked back to three churches in their area. Those who have attended the Lee County Church of Christ, Hazel Green Church of God in Wolfe County and/or the Full Gospel Church of Jesus Christ in Leslie County in the last two weeks may have been exposed to COVID-19. Health department officials remind everyone to monitor any possible symptoms and to consult your medical provider if you develop a cough, fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, changes in taste/smell and/or shortness of breath.

The Laurel County Health Department reported four new cases bringing the county’s total to 495. They also reported one previously reported case that is now in the hospital. Friday’s cases Include a 76-year-old man, a 42-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man.

Today we are reporting 4 new cases, none of which are hospitalized. We do have 1 previously reported case that is now hospitalized.

The Bell County Health Department announced two new cases Friday, bringing the county total up to 362 cases, 75 of which are considered active.

The Martin County Health Department announced one new case Friday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Martin County to 49.

The Cumberland Valley District Health Department reported one new case and one recovered case in Clay County. Out of the active cases in Clay County, one is in the hospital. In Jackson County, there is one new case and two probable cases with one in the hospital. Rockcastle County has two new recovered cases and one is currently in the hospital.

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