Two more people test positive for COVID-19 in Harlan County

Published: May. 6, 2020 at 11:04 AM EDT
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Update 3:30 p.m. 6-7-2020

As of Sunday, the Harlan County Health Department has confirmed two more cases of COVID-19.

This brings the total number of cases in Harlan County to seven.

A 68-year-old man and 68-year-old woman tested positive. Judge Executive Dan Mosley said the two people live together.

Mosley went on to say they are symptomatic and have had to be hospitalized.

If you have been in contact with the people who have tested positive, the Harlan County Health Department will reach out to you during their contact tracing investigation.

Update 11:30 a.m. 6-4-2020

Harlan County officials reported the county's fifth positive COVID-19 case on Thursday.

Harlan County Judge Executive Dan Mosley posted on his Facebook is a 46 year old man. We're told he is showing symptoms and is quarantined at home.

Important Information-Please Share! (New Positive Case) June 4, 2020 Good Morning, We have received confirmation of...

Posted by Dan Mosley on Thursday, June 4, 2020

Four new people have tested positive for the virus in less than one week. Judge Mosley said in his post that they expect to report more positive cases due to increased testing going on in the county.

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 1,000 tests had been performed, most of them on people who live in Harlan County. 53 tests are still pending.

Update 7 p.m. 6-1-2020

Just hours after a news conference to talk about two new cases of COVID-19 in his county, the Harlan County Judge Executive is confirming another one.

Dan Mosley said in a Facebook post that the new case, which brings the county's total to four, is a 20 year old man and is showing symptoms. He is being quarantined at home.

We're told this case is not related to the two announced on Saturday night.

Officials are working on notifying those the patient may have came into contact with.

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Posted by Dan Mosley on Monday, June 1, 2020
Update 2 p.m. 6-1-2020

Officials in Harlan County gave an update on the newest cases.

Judge Executive Dan Mosley and Bobbie Crider, Director of the Harlan County Health Department said contact tracing is underway to find out who those who tested positive may have interacted with.

Officials said those individuals who are infected, a 74-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man, are in quarantine at home. We're told that all three of the counties positive cases were tested outside the county or outside the state.

These two new cases brings the total number of cases in the county to three.

Those who may have been exposed to those patients are encouraged to get tested for the virus.

Mosley said in the news conference as of Sunday, May 31st, 898 tests performed by Harlan County health providers were reported to the Harlan County Health Department. More than 20 tests are still pending.

Update 12 p.m. 6-1-2020

Judge-Executive Dan Mosley announced in a Facebook post on Saturday that two additional positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Harlan County.

Important Information-Please Share! (New Positive Cases) May 30, 2020 Good Evening. We have received confirmation of...

Posted by Dan Mosley on Saturday, May 30, 2020

The two new cases were a 74-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man.

The Harlan County Health Department is currently searching for people who may have come in contact.

Original Story 5/06/2020

Officials announced the first case of COVID-19 in Harlan County on Wednesday.

Judge-Executive Dan Mosley made the announcement on his Facebook page.

Important Information-Please Share! May 6, 2020 We have received confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test of a Harlan...

Posted by Dan Mosley on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

In a newsconference Wednesday afternoon we learned the case is a 26-year-old man who works in another state, and was tested out of state.

He was tested Monday and is self-isolating at his home in Harlan County. In the meantime the health department is in the process of contact tracing.

Mosley says that everyone needs to take the virus seriously.

“That serves as proof that young people can catch the coronavirus," said Mosley. “Where we are located on the Tennessee Virginia border a lot of our people work out of state. This could’ve very easily could’ve happened to others just like it is happened to him."

Elena Creech, Infection Control Nurse with the Harlan County Health Department, says it is important to be aware of the virus' potential.

“Remember this virus you can’t see it you can’t smell it. you have no way of knowing if you were breathing the air that contains that virus," said Creech. “If there is any risk to anybody in Harlan County we will be in contact with you. You will receive a call from the Harlan County Health Department."

Mosley also emphasizing everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread.

“All of us. Every single one of us whether we are six, 60, or 86 have a part to play in making sure that this virus does not spread."

Officials say there are currently 8 pending tests in the county, all others have come back negative.

County Judge Executive Dan Mosley says testing in Harlan County is beginning to increase.

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