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Health Department announces 15th Covid case in Letcher County

Health officials have announced a fifteenth case of Covid-19 in Letcher County.

The new case, a 43-year-old man, was among five new cases in the seven-county Kentucky River Health District on Monday.

According to the Kentucky River District Health Department, new cases also include two 49-year-old females from Knott County, and a 20-year-old female and a 68-year-old female both from Perry County.

Statewide, there have now been 17,152 confirmed cases of the viral disease, and 593 deaths. A total of 4,785 patients have recovered. The total number of cases is up from 15,347 a week ago.

Despite rising numbers in Kentucky, the daily increases have been fairly steady.

Nationally, the numbers of cases has exploded. Several states, including West Virginia, are now requiring people to wear masks in public. Miami-Dade in Florida has now put its own rules in place after that state saw a record 11,436 cases on Friday, closing some businesses again and requiring social distancing and masks in many public places. In Arizona, 89 percent of the intensive care rooms are filled, leaving little room for a surge in new Covid-19 cases.

There have now been 2,992,350 positive cases in the U.S., and 132,399 people have died from the virus. A total of 900,629 have recovered, which doctors consider to be two tests in a row that do not detect the virus.

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