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Deli worker at Food City tests positive for Covid-19Free Access

Worker was also employed by Letcher County Schools

The Kentucky River District Health Department is advising anyone who was in the Food City Deli in Whitesburg the later half of last week to monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19.

The dates covered are June 15, 16, and 17.

Scott Lockard, District Health Director, said an employee in the deli has tested positive for the viral disease, and that the risk to customers appears to be low.

“The individual was wearing mask and gloves,” Lockard said.

The employee also works for the Letcher County School District, but Lockard said there was no close contact with anyone related to that job. The school district issued a statement saying it is notifying anyone who could be have been exposed.

“We are working with them to notify anyone that may have been exposed. All social distancing protocols, masking, cleaning/disinfecting, and screening procedures were in place and followed,” the statement says.

Superintendent Denise Yonts said the district had some in-person training last week that the employee attended, but precautions including temperature checks, masks and social distancing were in place.

“The health department tells us anyone who would have been exposed is at low risk,” Yonts said.

Lockard said the epidemic is in a period of rapid community transmission, and advised people not to go out unless necessary, and to monitor themselves for symptoms.

“If you’re out in public, you should always be wearing a mask, washing your hands or using hand sanitizer frequently and taking all the precautions, and consider that you could have been exposed at any time by an asymptomatic person,” Lockard said.

Lockard said the largest hotspot in the district so far is Hazard High School, where the football team began practicing earlier this month. So far, 18 students, three coaches and 17 contacts have tested positive for Covid-19 traced to those practices.
Statewide, Kentucky had the largest number of cases in a single day on Sunday, when 979 persons were reported positive.

As of Friday there were 21 cases of Covid known in Letcher County, but weekend numbers had not been compiled yet on Monday morning. District-wide, there were 202 cases as of Friday.

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