Health Department reports 20th COVID death

SUN STAFF REPORT

The Clark County Health Department has reported another death for which COVID has been identified as a contributing factor.

The 87-year-old woman, who was not in long-term care, was the 20th life lost in the county because of the coronavirus disease since March 2020.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time,” Becky Kissick, Clark County’s public health director, said in her 5:30 p.m. Thursday report.

She also reported three new coronavirus cases in the county, bringing the total number since last March to 2,304.

As of Thursday, there were 197 active COVID cases in the county, and the incidence rate was 30.3 per 100,000 population. The number in the county who have met the criteria for recovery from the coronavirus is 2,087, including 17 on Thursday.

On Thursday Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,880 new cases and 36 new deaths from the virus, bringing the total number of COVID deaths in Kentucky to 4,211. As of Thursday, there were 1,142 hospitalized in Kentucky, 278 in intensive care and 156 on a ventilator.

The governor also announced more than 150 new coronavirus vaccination sites, including 10 Kroger and 15 Walmart stores — among them, the Winchester Walmart at 1859 Bypass Road. Appointments are necessary.