Six new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Grayson County on Wednesday.

During their daily press briefing, county officials reported that two more employees and four more residents of Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The two employees are a 19-year-old female and a 39-year-old female, and the four residents are a 90-year-old female, a 94-year-old female, a 97-year-old female, and an 80-year-old female, according to Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson.

These six cases bring the total number of positive cases in Grayson County to 24, 18 of which have been related to the outbreak at Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation. 

Two Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have been hospitalized in stable condition, and the other residents remain quarantined in stable condition at the facility. 

While only symptomatic residents of Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation are currently being tested for COVID-19, officials say they are hoping to expand testing in the facility soon. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, 262 Grayson County residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 205 testing negative, and 33 test results pending. 

Henderson also provided an update on a Grayson County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 last week who does not reside in Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation. A 66-year-old male has now been hospitalized and transferred to the intensive care unit in critical but stable condition. 

Additionally, as of Wednesday, five Grayson County residents diagnosed with the coronavirus have recovered and been released from their isolation orders, after meeting the requirements set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentucky Department for Public Health, and the Grayson County Health Department. 

Grayson County Public Health Director Josh Embry explained the requirements for an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 to be released from his or her isolation order. 

At least three days must have passed since recovery, which is defined as a resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications and improvement in respiratory and other symptoms, such as diarrhea, cough, and shortness of breath; 10 days must have passed since symptoms first appeared; and patients must wear a surgical mask upon returning to work, Embry said.

Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley also addressed the Grayson County Detention Center's precautions against COVID-19, which includes taking the temperatures of all employees when they come in to work and placing deputies on rotating shifts. 

Woosley said that, as of Wednesday, there have been no positive cases of the coronavirus among detention center staff or inmates; however, seven staff members have been tested because they either came into contact with someone in the public who was exposed to COVID-19 or showed an elevated temperature when checked. Six of those tests have come back negative, and one result is pending, though officials expect that test will come back negative as well. 

On March 12, the detention center was closed to public access, with the majority of court appearances now being done via video conferencing. The jail has also suspended its community programs for the time-being because inmate work crews cannot leave the facility. 

In addition, with the state in the process of releasing some state inmates, around 1,000 state inmates have been released, and around 660 of those were in the county jail system, Woosley said. 

Of those 660 state inmates, the Grayson County Detention Center had nine, two of whom were on home incarceration, so seven state inmates lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center have been released, according to Woosley, who added that most of the state inmates have been placed on supervised release. 

At the county level, district and circuit court judges permitted around 50 low-level offenders to either serve out their sentences, make bond, or be placed on supervised release. 

The Grayson County Detention Center has also seen two federal inmates released to a supervisory program, Woosley said. 

In other county news, Henderson reminded community members to fill out their 2020 census forms and encouraged residents to watch the county's live-stream of the 19th annual Grayson County National Day of Prayer celebration on May 7 at noon. 

He also said that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, county government will have a budget shortfall this year, so road resurfacing and other projects will be limited.