Whitesburg KY

COVID-19 still on rise



The number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise this week, with the Kentucky River District Health Department reporting the total number of cases in Letcher County at 14, up from 12.

It was not clear where the additional two cases are, or who is infected. Other figures listed by the department add up to 12 cases, and state figures show 13.

District Health Director Scott Lockard did confirm on Friday that at least one of the previous cases reported involved a contract employee at Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

“The entire nursing home over there has gone through testing on Thursday, and we’re waiting for the results,” Lockard said late Friday.

The department is warning Save-a-Lot customers in Hazard that they could have been exposed to the virus after a 20-year-old male employee of the store tested positive. Anyone who visited Savea Lot in Hazard between May 29 and June 13 is being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms.

Also, three more guards at the Letcher County Jail, in addition to one who tested positive earlier, were sent home last week and an inmate was placed in isolation. Only one of the guards was symptomatic, and he tested negative for the virus, Jailer Bert Slone said. The others two were sent home because they had been with the guard who was sick. The inmate had also been with the guard on a trip to the doctor. The jail is continuing to monitor inmates and employees, but thus far has found no more positive cases.

Total cases in surrounding counties are: Floyd – 26, Harlan – 18, Knott – 5, Lee – 1, Leslie – 8, Owsley – 2, Perry – 53, Pike – 68, Wolfe – 2, Wise County, Va. – 27, Norton, Va. – 4.

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