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Clark tops 350 COVID cases

While Kentucky reported a record-high number of cases last week, Clark County saw a decline in the number of case reported.

Clark County reported about half as many new cases of COVID-19 last week as it did the week prior.

Between Monday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 29, the Clark County Health Department reported 17 new cases, down from the more than 30 new cases reported the week of Aug. 17-23.

On Monday, the department reported 4 new cases, bringing the local total to 357. The department was working 36 active cases as of Monday’s report.

There have been eight deaths in Clark County attributed to COVID.

Last week, Gov. Andy Beshear reported more than 4,600 new cases in Kentucky, the most reported in a single week since the virus arrived in the state in March.

On Monday, Beshear announced 381 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 48,396.

The majority of cases (9,337) have been among the 20 to 29 age range.

There have been 933 deaths reported in the state. Nearly half (49.46 percent) of deaths have been among the 80 and older range.

There have been at least 877,443 tests administered with a 4.42 percent positivity rate.

So far, at least 10,375 have recovered in the state.

Jefferson County remains a hot spot in the state, accounting nearly a fourth of all cases reported in the state.

Neighboring Fayette County has reported the second most cases, accounting for nearly 9 percent of all cases in the state.

As many districts return to school, the state has begun reporting positive cases among students and staff. As of Aug. 29, the state had reported 304 student positives and 76 positives among staff members. Those numbers are representative of more than 60 districts across the state.

Additionally, among 17 universities, there have been 539 positive student cases and 44 positive staff cases. The majority of those student cases have been reported at the University of Kentucky, with more than half of the staff cases being reported at Western Kentucky University.

Another area of concern has been long-term care facilities, where there have been at least 3,415 positive cases among more than 300 facilities, along with at least 2,029 positive staff cases.

A travel advisory with a recommended 14-day quarantine remains in effect for those who visit states with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate. Those states include South Dakota, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota and Alabama.

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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