Laurel County surpasses 2,000 total COVID-19 cases

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 1:31 PM EST
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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Laurel County became the first county in the WYMT viewing area to pass 2,000 total COVID-19 cases.

Laurel County hit that milestone on Sunday and currently has 2,042 total cases of COVID-19, of which 713 cases are active.

The county has reported ten deaths and more than 1,300 recoveries.

“COVID-19 is in every corner of Laurel County, as well as the Commonwealth, and it’s time for folks to start taking it serious,” Executive Director Mark Hensley said.

Hensley said getting a COVID-19 test is one way in helping the health department determine where cases are coming from.

“We can actually isolate you and your contacts and it reduces the transmission of the virus any further," added Hensley.

As more and more people are getting tested, the health department is seeing more people who are symptomatic, even people within the same family.

“The mom, and dad and, their children have COVID-19, so we have seen that in households as well," said Hensley.

Brandi Gilley, Director of Nutrition Services and Accreditation Coordinator, is also a contact tracer at the health department. Gilley said contacts are already in quarantine because of their family member’s positive test.

“That’s lowering the amount of contacts that we’re seeing, but we’re still seeing a lot of cases," said Gilley.

Health experts said as the holidays approach, you should only have Thanksgiving with your immediate family and to think outside of the box when planning to help keep the spread low.

“Whether it be virtual, or by phone, just to be creative and stay safe throughout the holidays,” added Hensley.

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Posted by Laurel County Health Department on Monday, November 16, 2020

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