Today, July 13, officials with the Kentucky River District Health Department announced that several new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the KRDHD service area since Friday, bringing the KRDHD's total cases to 151.

On Friday, July 10, four cases were reported, including a 21-year-old female from Knott County, a pediatric case from Leslie County, a pediatric case (under 12 years of age) from Letcher County and a case under the age of 18 years of age from Perry County.

As of today, KRDHD said there are 12 new confirmed positive cases, with four being in Perry County. The cases confirmed in Perry County over the weekend include four cases under 18 years of age. Other cases confirmed in the KRDHD service area include a 29-year-old male and three pediatric cases (under 12 years of age) from Knott County; a 33-year-old female from Leslie County; and a 44-year-old male and two cases under 18 years of age from Wolfe County.

All of the individuals are currently self-quarantining at home, said KRDHD Public Health Director Scott Lockard. One of the individuals, said Lockard, was briefly hospitalized, but has been released and is self-quarantined at home.

The newly confirmed cases bring the KRDHD total to 151 cases, with 145 confirmed, six probable, 92 recovered and two deceased. To date, there have been the 88 positive cases in Perry County, with one probable case and two COVID-19 related deaths. There have been 55 recoveries in the county.

Health officials are asking that residents maintain their practice of social distancing, wear face coverings when in public and to follow all other safety guidelines. Testing is still available at several local healthcare clinics.

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