Knox, Laurel, Whitley report new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

TRI-COUNTY -- On Wednesday, the Tri-County reported new cases of the coronavirus.

In Whitley County the case number is approaching 30 after two additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whitley County residents were confirmed by the county health department, bringing total cases in Whitley County to 29.

The Laurel County Health Department reported 11 new cases Wednesday, all of which are recovering at home. In Laurel County there are 84 active cases.

Wednesday cases for Laurel County include:

22-year-old male

19-year-old male

4-year-old male

64-year-old female

56-year-old male

57-year-old male

30-year-old female

70-year-old female

3-month-old male

14-year-old male

59-year-old female

Gov. Beshear reported Wednesday afternoon that there were at least 15,842 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 220 of which were newly reported Wednesday.

"We've got to keep these case numbers under control," said Gov. Beshear. "We're doing a good job, but we've got to work even harder. We can't let our guard down when an invisible enemy is still out there."

There were seven new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 572 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

"Each one of these folks was special. Each one of them won't get to see their friends, their neighbors, their kids and grandkids anymore," said Gov. Beshear. "We cannot let this become the new normal. I'm heartbroken for these families."

As of Saturday, there have been at least 411,217 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. At least 4,052 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

Individuals need to continue to stay six feet away from those that they don't live with, be cautious of things they touch, and keep hand sanitizer with them, said Whitley County Health Director Marcy Rein in a previous interview.

The Knox County Health Department reported two new cases to bring the county's total to 75.

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