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More than 40 COVID cases reported in past week

The Clark County Health Department has reported more than 40 new cases of the coronavirus in the past week.

According to the department’s daily reports of cases:

— six cases were reported Monday, Aug. 3

— 13 cases were reported Tuesday, Aug. 4

— five new cases were reported Wednesday, Aug. 5

— five new cases were reported Thursday, Aug. 6

— five new cases were reported Friday, Aug. 7

— one new case was reported Saturday

— five new cases were reported Sunday.

On Monday afternoon, the department reported two new cases, bringing the county’s total to 268.

Of those cases, 47 are active, and six more people have met criteria for recovery.

The department also reported that one case has been transferred to another county.

COVID-19 has been a contributing factor in seven deaths in Clark County.

As of Aug. 8, the majority of local cases have been in the 18 to 29, 50 to 59 and 60 to 69 age range.

As Clark County sees a steady increase in the number of cases, so does Kentucky overall.

Following a report of 801 new cases Saturday and 573 new cases Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Sunday 425 new cases of the virus,

Of the new cases reported over the weekend, at least 50 involved children younger than 5.

During his press conference Monday, Beshear announced 275 more cases, bringing the state’s total to 35,254, and two more deaths.

There have been 775 deaths attributed to the virus in Kentucky.

As of Monday, there were 641 people hospitalized with the virus, with 155 of those in intensive care units.

Beshear reported that the state’s positivity rate (the number of those who test positive compared to the number of those tested) continues to be an area of concern.

As of Monday, the positivity rate was 5.17 percent, and more than 700,000 Kentuckians had been tested for the virus. Over the weekend, the rate had reached more than 6 percent.

There have been at least 8,738 people who have recovered from the virus in the state.

According to data released from the Governor’s Office Sunday, the majority of cases in the state involve those in the 20 to 29 age range, but the majority of deaths involved those in the 80 or older range.

As of Aug. 9 the cases reported by age range include:

— 1,286 in ages newborn to 9 years

— 2,969 in ages 10 to 19

— 6,836 in ages 20 to 29

— 5,566 in ages 30 to 39

— 5,284 in ages 40 to 49

— 5,014 in ages 50 to 59

— 3,756 in ages 60 to 69

— 2,297 in ages 70 to 79

— 1,934 in ages 80 and older.

There has been one death in Kentucky in someone 9 or younger, six in the 30 to 39 range, 17 in the 40 to 49 range, 51 in the 50 to 59 range, 130 in the 60 to 69 range, 187 in the 70 to 79 range and 381 in the 80 and older range.

Nearly a fourth (23.11 percent) of all cases have been Jefferson County residents, which includes Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city.

Other counties with high numbers of cases include neighboring Fayette County, along with Warren, Kenton, Boone, Shelby, Daviess, Oldham, Muhlenberg, Hardin and Campbell counties.

In other neighboring counties, the following number of cases had been reported as of Aug. 9:

— Estill: 22

— Madison: 505

— Bourbon: 81

— Montgomery: 121

— Powell: 53.

Also on Monday, Beshear announced that bars and restaurants would be allowed to reopen to the public at 50 percent capacity on Tuesday, but asked that they stop serving drinks at 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.

He also asked school districts to postpone in-person instruction until Sept. 28. In Clark County, the Board of Education decided last week to use a virtual learning model for at least the first nine weeks, starting Sept. 8.

A travel advisory remains in effect with the recommendation of a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who went to any state reporting a positive testing rate of 15 percent or more. As of Monday afternoon, those states included Washington, Texas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Alabama and Nevada.

For more information about COVID-19 in Kentucky, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

About Whitney Leggett

Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email whitney.leggett@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0049.

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