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Firefighter tests positive for COVID, others quarantined

As Clark County continues to see rising cases of the novel coronavirus, a local first responder has tested positive.

The Clark County Health Department announced Saturday that a local firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19 and others are quarantined.

According to a press release, the firefighter works for the Clark County Fire Department and is self-isolating at home.

After contact tracing, seven other firefighters are now on a 14-day quarantine and being monitored by the Health Department.

The Fire Department was able to quickly hire firefighters to fill the gaps and is working with the city department to ensure all emergencies are covered, according to the release.

This is the first case involving a local first responder reported by the Health Department.

The department reported 35 new cases of the virus between Monday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 23.

Additionally, the department reported the eighth death attributed to the virus last week .

Three more local cases were reported Monday, bringing the county’s total to 341. As of Monday, the Health Department was working 50 active cases.

In Kentucky, there have been 43,899 positive cases of the virus as of Monday.

During his press briefing Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 373 new cases and four new deaths, bring the state’s death toll to 885.

Of the new cases reported Monday, 68 involved someone 18 or younger, with one as young as 7 months.

There have been 822,904 tests performed, with a 4.77 percent positivity rate as of Monday.

At least 9,544 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

According to Sunday’s daily COVID-19 summary released by the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the majority of cases remain among the 20 to 29 age range, but the majority of deaths have been reported in the 80 and older range.

The report indicates that three counties — Jefferson, Fayette and Warren — make up nearly 40 percent of the total cases in the state.

Jefferson County alone, which includes Louisville, accounts for nearly a fourth (24.44 percent) of all cases in Kentucky.

Neighboring Fayette County has accounted for 8.59 percent of the state’s cases.

Cases numbers in other neighboring counties include:

— 786 in Madison

— 70 in Powell

— 104 in Bourbon

— 170 in Montgomery

— 29 in Estill.

A travel advisory remains in effect for those who visit states with a 15 percent or higher positivity rate, which includes Mississippi, Idaho, Nevada and Texas.

For more on 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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