Lewis at 161 cases of COVID-19; 68 active; 12 deaths

Community members gathered at Vanceburg Nursing and Rehabilitation for prayer after an outbreak of COVID-19 was announced at the facility.

Lewis County Health Director Anita Bertram said Lewis County is now at 161 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 68 of those currently active.

An outbreak at Vanceburg Rehabilitation and Care announced August 1 accounts for 103 of the reported cases.

Bertram said 72 in-house residents and 31 staff members at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday evening.

She added that 10 of the residents and 22 of the employees at Vanceburg Rehabilitation and Care have been reported as recovered.

She said health department workers are making contact investigations and follow-ups with the latest cases including those at the nursing facility.

Bertram said there are now 12 COVID-19 related deaths in Lewis County, adding that all were residents of Vanceburg Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Details about the individuals will not be provided because of medical privacy laws.

Local coronavirus testing is for anyone age 18 and older and is available by appointment at the Lewis County Health Department three days a week. There is no charge for the test.

Those younger than 18 should consult a physician or call the health department for information about being tested.

COVID-19 testing by appointment is available Monday, Tuesday, and Friday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

To make an appointment to be tested, or for more information, call the Lewis County Health Department at 606-796-2632.

Lewis County residents may dial 606-202-8600 for more information on COVID-19. The state hotline is 800-722-5725.

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