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Substantial Rise in New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Western Kentucky

142 new positive cases of the virus were reported in the Green River District Health Department's district on Tuesday, with nearly half of those cases identified in Daviess County alone.

Posted: Jul 20, 2021 11:56 AM
Updated: Jul 20, 2021 12:15 PM

The Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) says it's seen a "substantial rise" in new COVID-19 cases recently.

GRDHD's Tuesday COVID-19 update showed 142 new positive cases of the virus in the health department's seven-county area, with half of those new positive cases identified in Daviess County alone.

New COVID-19 Cases Reported by GRDHD Tuesday:

  • Daviess County: 70 new cases
  • Hancock County: 6 new cases
  • Henderson County: 26 new cases
  • McLean County: 3 new cases
  • Ohio County: 13 new cases
  • Union County: 8 new cases
  • Webster County: 16 new cases

Those new positive cases were investigated between July 16 and July 19, according to GRDHD.

Now, the health department says 23,088 total positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified within its seven-county district to date.

Here's a breakdown of each county within the GRDHD district as of Tuesday:

Many officials in the bluegrass state are concerned over the contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, with "significant" week-to-week growth throughout the entirety of the state.

Currently, western Kentucky has some of the highest rates of COVID-19 spread throughout the whole state, with Muhlenberg, Hopkins, and Webster counties all in the "Red Zone" on the state's COVID-19 Incidence Rate Map.

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