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Jessamine COVID surge slows for third week

After reaching a record-high number of new cases the last week of November, Jessamine has had three consecutive weeks of declining weekly COVID cases.

The week of Nov. 29 there were 255 new cases of the potentially deadly virus reported in the community. That’s the most ever reported in a single week locally.

The next week, which ended Dec. 6, there were 238 cases reported, which is the second most cases ever reported.

The week ending Dec. 13, there were there third highest number of new cases reported, with 221.

Last week, which ended Dec. 20, there were 135 cases reported.

On Monday, only one new case of the virus was reported by the Jessamine County Health Department. That was the last day for which data was available before The Journal’s press deadline.

There have been 2,431 cases reported in Jessamine since March. Of those, 215 were considered active cases on Monday, and 2,169 had met criteria for recovery.

On Monday, there were 13 Jessamine residents hospitalized with complications of the virus.

There have been 47 deaths reported in Jessamine since March.

The majority of local cases have been among the 18- to 30-year-old range. There have been at least 600 cases reported in that age range.

All other age ranges have had fewer than 400 cases reported.

The Health Department has administered more than 7,400 drive through tests with an overall positivity rate of 4.8 percent.

Of those testing positive, 57 percent have been asymptomatic.

The positivity rate was 8.25 percent last week, down from 12.47 percent the week prior.

Statewide, there have been more than 244,000 positive cases leading to 2,412 deaths.

More then 3.2 million tests have been conducted in the state.

The positivity rate Monday was 8.64 percent in Kentucky.

At least 34,704 Kentuckians have recovered.

In the U.S., there have been at least 18 million cases leading to more than 320,000 deaths.