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The Laurel County Health Department was notified Friday morning of a fourth positive case of COVID-19 in a Laurel County resident.

Laurel County Health Department Director Mark Hensley said the latest case of the coronavirus is a 28-year-old female who is "recovering well at home." The positive test was reported by one of the commercial labs operating across the state.

LCHD will work to track individuals who have had close contact with this new case and are at risk for infection. Those individuals will be instructed on proper quarantine measures and monitored to safeguard their own and the public's health.

"The Health Department is committed to protecting the health and wellness of it community," Hensley said in a press release.

Laurel County's third COVID-19 case was confirmed Thursday morning.

According to Hensley, the third case is a 39-year-old female who is now recovering at home.

The first positive COVID diagnosis came last week, with a second case reported on Monday. The first man diagnosed with COVID-19, a 53-year-old, was hospitalized and is now recovering at home.

Laurel County's second case was a 61-year-old male. Hensley said that man remains hospitalized and is receiving treatment.

Officials continue to recommend that Kentuckians continue to practice social distancing, even when making trips to the grocery store and other essential businesses. Governor Andy Beshear stated in his Wednesday afternoon that limited interaction is necessary to prevent the spread of the virus, along with frequent hand washing and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces. He also issued an order to prevent travel to other states, especially along the southern border into Tennessee where preventive measures have not been enforced as in Kentucky.

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