The cases of COVID-19 in Webster County made a big jump last week, going from three confirmed cases on Monday to seven by the Green River District Health Department’s (GRDHD) daily press conference on Friday. But the Easter holiday brought at least some good news.

GRDHD reported only one new case of the virus in its seven county region over the weekend, a 43-year-old female in Daviess County, bringing the district’s overall total to 130 confirmed cases. Statewide there have been 1,963 confirmed cases.

In addition, GRDHD reported that six of the confirmed cases in its region have been deemed fully recovered, including one of the seven cases from Webster County.

“There are lab confirmed cases with addresses in Sebree, Dixon, and Providence,” said Clayton Horton, Public Health Director for GRDHD. “We will not be able to provide any information to that which can possibly be linked to any one individual case to protect their privacy.”

Horton continued to stress that while that information could give some mental relief to residents in areas that haven’t yet had a positive, they shouldn’t let it give them a false sense of security.

“Lab confirmed cases only represent a sample of cases that are in the community,” he said. “Everyone should assume it is in their own back yard, because it could be. And it takes up to two weeks before we know.”

He added that according to data from the CDC and other leading health agencies, the number of actual cases his most likely much higher than the number that has been tested.

“From the literature we’re reading, you can multiply the number of confirmed cases by 10 to 50 times to get the actual number of cases in your county,” Horton said.

“It is crucial we do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Horton. “Stay home, avoid crowds, wash your hands, and practice physical social distancing — staying at least 6 feet away from others. We have to stick with this strategy. Although there seems to be a slowdown in new confirmed cases, it doesn’t mean we let our guard down. We all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

During his Sunday afternoon briefing, Governor Andy Beshear reported that 99.8% of the churches in Kentucky had cancelled in-person services over the weekend to be in compliance with his executive order banning any type of gathering.

According to Beshear, everyone who attended one of the seven in-person Easter Sunday services held in the state will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, in order to limit the impact on other people.

The governor ordered the Kentucky State Police to record license numbers of all vehicles in church parking lots and report them to the local health department for what his office has called a misdemeanor violation.

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