The Christian County Health Department reported 19 new COVID-19 cases Friday. The county currently has 181 active cases.

Of the total cases in the county, 371 people have recovered. Six people have died from COVID-19 in Christian County.

The health department wants to help residents understand coronavirus terms that are used frequently.

When the health department mentions isolation, it means 10 days without leaving your home. When it says quarantine, it means 14 days without leaving your home.

“If you have been a direct contact (with COVID-19), we ask that you quarantine for 14 days because the virus can take up to 14 days to present symptoms and be detectible,” Amanda Sweeney, CCHD instructional design and marketing specialist, said in an email.

If someone contracts COVID-19, the health department places them in isolation instead of quarantine.

“Generally, the virus runs its course in 10 days or so, so isolation is at least 10 days,” Sweeney said. “However, as you know, this is always on a case-by-case basis.”

Some people may need to stay longer in isolation if they continue to run a fever and symptoms have not subsided.

The health department is also launching the Mask Up Christian County campaign this month. That campaign will contain fun initiatives and contests for the community to participate in, while representing local social distancing initiatives.

Those contests will be announced as the dates get closer.

Statewide, there were 778 cases reported Friday. That brings the total of reported cases in Kentucky to 30,151.

The state also reported four new deaths, bringing the total of Kentucky residents lost to virus to 735.

But, the rise in cases could be showing light that the virus is plateauing once again in the state.

“Our positivity rate has decreased for the third straight day,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said at his daily press conference. “But, we still have too many cases and we need to do everything we can to try to decrease those. We’re also seeing an increase of patients in the ICU.”

The state has performed at least 629,706 coronavirus tests so far, according to Beshear. Although no new mandates were put in place, Beshear urged that Kentucky residents stay vigilant with the current mandates.

“The health and the lives of people around you, our economy and how fast we can build it back, and our ability to get our kids in school depend on you,” he said. “Let’s beat COVID-19.”

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