One New Death For Butler County; 19 New Cases

BC records 5 deaths, 549 new COVID-19 cases over the long weekend

All new cases are now being investigated by Public Health nurses.

Callaway County reported its sixth COVID-19 death Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Across IHA, there are now 29 active cases, while two people are in hospital and one person is in intensive care.

As of Thursday, there have been 1,396 confirmed cases in Jackson County and 25 deaths, according to the release, and 1,284 individuals have been released from isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines.

The Health Department encouraged residents to take precautions, noting the county's number of active COVID-19 cases is on the rise.

Thursday's new cases include: a 56-year-old male, an 18-year-old female, a 37-year-old male, a 66-year-old female, a 59-year-old female, a 68-year-old female, a 76-year-old male, a 72-year-old female, an 80-year-old male, a 33-year-old female, a 12-year-old female, a 32-year-old male, a 36-year-old male, a 45-year-old male, a 44-year-old female, and a 36-year-old female.

"This number is very fluid and very time-consuming for our nursing staff, who have been working seven days a week since the 15th of March.... they've been doing a phenomenal job and this hasn't slowed down for anybody in the health department", County Executive PJ Wendel said during a Monday press conference, when explaining why the quarantine/isolation numbers are no longer being reported.

The death is the first due to COVID-19 in the county since a 26th death was reported September 3. The median age is 40.

On Friday morning WRFA reached out to County Health Commissioner Christine Schuyler to find out why the hospitalization information was no longer being reported.

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department has reported a total of 235 COVID-19 cases in McCreary County as of October 14.

The Karns City Area School District reported that a high school employee tested positive and the South Butler County School District reported that a teacher who works in the primary and intermediate elementary schools tested positive Thursday.

Statewide, IDPH reported 4,015 confirmed cases on Thursday and 53 additional deaths, setting a new record for the state.

"We just can't ignore it".



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