21st COVID case reported

The Clark County Health Department has reported the county’s 21st positive case of the novel coronavirus. It involves a 60-year-old woman.

Because of medical privacy rules, public health officials cannot identify the patient or provide any other information about her.

Health officials are working to identify and speak with anyone she may have come in contact with while she has been infected, a process known as contact tracing.

This is the first case of COVID-19 involving a local resident reported in Clark County since a 24-year-old man was found to have the illness on April 29.

For the state as a whole, the number of new cases has declined. As of May 16, there have been 7,688 positive tests, 334 have died of the virus and 2,768 have recovered.

Public Health Director Becky Kissick, in an email announcing the latest positive case, reminded Clark County residents to help reduce the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing — avoiding crowds and staying at least six  feet away from other people when in public.

When social distancing is not possible, they people should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and wear masks to keep from spreading the airborne virus.

About Randy Patrick

Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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