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Four more here test positive for Covid-19Free Access

Total in Letcher County is now 12

The Kentucky River District Health Department is reporting another four positive cases of Covid-19 in Letcher County today, bringing the total number of cases here to 12.
The department also reported four new cases on Sunday. The number of cases had been four since May 12.
At least one of the persons who tested positive over the weekend was a part-time employee of the Letcher County Jail. Jailer Bert Slone said that person worked one day per week and came to him on Saturday to tell him he might have been exposed. Slone said he sent him to Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, and the test came back positive.
The employee worked in the control booth and had limited contact with other employees and inmates, Slone said. He said so far all other tests have been negative.
“Everybody that was in close proximity to that guard has been taken to Mountain Comp and has been tested, and we’re continuing to monitor, take temperatures and follow the guidelines of the CDC,” Slone said.
District Director of Public Health Scott Lockard said the latest four cases include two persons under 18 years old, a 19-year-old female, and a 69-year-old female.
Lockard said the new cases were picked up by a “rapid antigen” test performed in-house by MCHC. While the test is very accurate, Lockard said a confirmatory test will be conducted to determine if patients who do not have symptoms have already recovered, or if the disease is still active.
Several of the nine positive tests received from Perry and Letcher County on Sunday were connected to the Trinity Holiness Tabernacle Church in Perry County. Slone said the guard at the jail was one of those.

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