Campbell County reported 17 more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases over the July 4 holiday weekend, with seven new cases added Friday, six on Saturday and four more Sunday, according to Campbell County Public Health (CCPH) Public Information Officer Ivy Castleberry.
This brings the cumulative total of lab-confirmed cases in Campbell County to 61 along with 13 more probables. Of these total cases, 45 patients have since recovered, including 36 lab-confirmed cases and nine probables, meaning these patients exhibited symptoms but were not tested.
Friday’s reported cases include five males between ages 20-60 as well as two females in their 20s and 50s, respectively. The six cases on July 4 entail four men between 40-60 and two females in their 40s. The four new cases on Sunday involve two females in their 20s, a 30-something woman and a male in his 40s, per Castleberry.
Of these new conformed cases, two patients required hospitalization, bringing the total hospitalized cases in Campbell County to four. Both hospitalized patients were released, with one being readmitted over the weekend. Castleberry could not say whether or not those hospitalized patients were on respirators.
The other 13 patients are self-quarantining at home.
The recent hospitalizations were easily accommodated by Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Castleberry said, which has a total of 14 ICU beds and 66 staffed.
Despite the uptick in cases both in the county and state, Governor Mark Gordon is not reversing any of the restrictions with current public health orders in place through July 15.
Of the six statewide metrics on the COVID-19 Dashboard, only the number of new cases rises to the rating of “concerning” with the other five metrics remaining either “improved” or “stable” as of the same time on Monday.
Castleberry said that many of the new patients caught the virus from known contacts though some were community-acquired, but did not provide figures for either as contact tracing continues for all cases.
Whether or not the loosening of restrictions and increased public events account for the new cases is unknown at this time, Castleberry said, in the absence of data.
CCPH continues to ask residents to wear masks and maintain six-feet of social distancing.
“Though we’re all over COVID-19,” she said, “it’s clearly not over us.”
Across the state, 1,312 lab-confirmed cases have been reported with 919 of those who have since recovered in addition to 322 more probables and 253 recoveries, per WDH.