Jessamine nears 400-mark in COVID cases, but seeing fewer cases reported each week

Published 12:08 pm Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Jessamine County continues to inch toward the 400-case mark, with more than 30 new cases of coronavirus reported in the past week.

According to the Jessamine County Health Department’s daily COVID-19 summary, there have been 389 positive cases of the virus identified in the county, with seven of those cases reported Monday.

The most cases continue to be reported within the 18 to 30 range, with nearly 100 of the local cases being in that range. The fewest cases have been reported in the 80 and older range.

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There have been no reported deaths related to the virus in Jessamine County.

More cases (54.8) percent have involved women.

Data indicates cases are rising more slowly than in past weeks. The most cases were reported the week of Aug. 2, and there have been fewer cases reported each week since then.

Of the cases in the community, 48 remain active, 341 have recovered and one person is hospitalized.

The Health Department continues to offer drive-through testing. Those interested in drive-though testing can call 859-885-4149 to schedule an appointment or visit

As of Monday, the department had administered 4,120 tests with a 2 percent positivity rate.

Of those who tested positive at the department, 68 percent have been asymptomatic.

Statewide, cases continues to rise, but not as quickly as in recent weeks.

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 376 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 39,691.

He also announced five more deaths Monday, for a total of 818 in the state.

Of those who have tested positive, about 10 percent have been hospitalized, according to the Aug. 17 Kentucky Public Health daily COVID-19 summary, and 3 percent have required ICU beds.

At least 23 percent of those with the virus have been listed as recovered in Kentucky.

More than 760,000 tests have been administered in Kentucky with a 5.8 percent positivity rate.

The majority of cases statewide have involved the 20 to 29 age range, with the fewest cases in the 9 and younger range.

However, the most deaths (403) have involved those 80 and older.

There have been no deaths reported in the 10 to 19 or 20 to 29 age range, and one death reported in the 9 and younger range.

Jefferson County continues to lead the state with nearly 25 percent of all cases involving residents there, followed by neighboring Fayette County, which has accounted for about 8.7 percent of total cases. As of the Aug. 17 report, Jessamine ranked 22 in the state for number of cases.

A travel advisory remains in effect with the recommendation of a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who went to any state reporting a positive testing rate of 10 percent or more. As of Tuesday, those states included Nevada, Florida, Idaho and Mississippi.

For more information about COVID-19 in Kentucky, visit

About Whitney Leggett

Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email or call 859-759-0049.

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