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46 new COVID cases reported over three days in Harlan Co.

Harlan County has seen 46 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days, more than doubling the number of cases there since Friday.

On July 1, the total number of cases in Harlan County was 26. By Friday, that had increased to 40. On Tuesday, the total cases stood at 86.

In comparison, Letcher County has a total of 20 cases.

The Harlan County Health Department announced over the weekend that Save-a-Lot at Evarts voluntarily shut down for disinfecting after a positive case was linked to that store. It reopened Tuesday after the health department determined there was a low risk to the public.

As of Friday, 14 of the 40 cases then in Harlan County were still active infections, and nine of those were in the Dayhoit, Wallins and Coldiron area.

“ This link represents community spread and you are encouraged if you live or operate a business in these communities to take extra precautions,” the health department said in a written statement.

Health Department Director Bobbie Crider could not be reached for comment.

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