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Boyd County: There can be delay in getting COVID-19 info to state, county still at 20

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BOYD COUNTY, KY (WOWK) – Boyd County officials announce a new COVID-19 related death.

According to a statement sent to 13 News, a 96-year-old man died today.

No new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today in Boyd County, leaving the county’s total at 20.

After Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear updated the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, Boyd County Emergency Management issued a response to clarify what they described as a response to the “potential for delays and difficulties with trying to keep the public updated as quickly as possible after receiving a confirmed lab report for COVID19.”

According to a statement sent to 13 News, county officials say the three Boyd county cases Beshear reported in today’s press conference are included in the county’s total cases of 20.

Because of the multiple laboratories used for COVID-19 testing, lag times for result making it to Frankfort do exist at times.

“Typically, the local health department receives the information before the state,” county officials say. “The Governor and KY Department for Public Health want local health departments to act upon receipt of positive cases as quickly as possible.”

Officials added receiving the information quicker allows county health departments to begin an investigation to identify contacts to positive cases quicker. This, they say, lends itself for a more rapid home isolation compliance.

“Thank you for your understanding and remember we may experience such differences in the future as testing continues to increase,” officials say. “Stay Healthy at Home and take care while continuing to follow social distancing for all those you care about and love.”

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