Surge in cases linked to camps, social gatherings

Posted at 7:28 PM, Jul 23, 2020

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Since March, Scott, Harrison, and Nicholas Counties have reported 300 positive cases of COVID-19. WEDCO public health director Dr. Crystal Miller says 178 of those are current cases involving old and young patients. She says ten percent, around 17 people, have been hospitalized.

Miller says those 178 cases are directly related to social events and social gatherings.

"We've seen clusters in our contact tracing," Miller noted. "It proves to us that the virus is definitely linked to social gatherings, whether that's a sporting event or direct travel to hot spots."

Miller says in her three-county area they've linked some of the recent cases to a football camp, a church camp and vacations to COVID-19 hot spots such as Myrtle Beach and Florida.

Miller hopes everyone will do their part to stop the spread. If not, she says Kentucky could face another shutdown with schools stuck with virtual learning instead of in-person classes.