Grayson County Public Health Director Josh Embry during Monday's press briefing displays one of the masks that the health department will provide to community members in need free of charge this Thursday.
Grayson County Public Health Director Josh Embry during Monday's press briefing displays one of the masks that the health department will provide to community members in need free of charge this Thursday.
An outbreak of COVID-19 in the Grayson County Detention Center has led to 19 inmates testing positive for the virus in recent days. 

During officials' Monday press briefing, Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson said the number of detention center inmates who have tested positive for the virus had risen to 19 as of Monday afternoon. 

Three of those inmates, all males, were positively diagnosed on Monday; one male inmate was diagnosed on Sunday; and 14 inmates, also all males, were diagnosed on Saturday. 

Two Grayson County Detention Center employees have tested positive for COVID-19, as well. One of those employees is a Breckinridge County resident.

Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley attended Monday's briefing to address the detention center's response to the outbreak. 

Woosley said the detention center has tested 27 inmates in total, and 19 have tested positive. 18 inmates are currently showing no symptoms, and one inmate is currently hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

The detention center, according to Woosley, began putting procedures in place on March 12 to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including suspending its work crew program, rotating employee shifts, and stopping the use of time clocks and break areas to avoid too many employees' congregating in one area. 

Additionally, detention center employees continue to use personal protective equipment, and multiple face masks have been provided to inmates in all three Grayson County Detention Center facilities, Woosley said. 

Anyone with questions for the detention center is encouraged to call 270-259-3636 and ask for administration. 

In total, 123 Grayson County residents had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday. 885 Grayson County residents have been tested for the virus, with 727 testing negative and 35 test results pending. 

45 of the patients who have tested positive are Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation residents; 16 are Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation employees; 12 are Spring View Nursing & Rehabilitation residents; two are Spring View Nursing & Rehabilitation employees; six are Perdue employees; five are Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center employees; and 17 are Grayson County residents not affiliated with any of the above facilities. 

To date, 46 patients have recovered and been released from their quarantines, while eight have died. 

Grayson County Public Health Director Josh Embry then addressed the community on the work of the Grayson County Health Department. 

According to Embry, the health department has purchased and been donated a number of cloth face masks, which will be given to community members in need on a first come, first served basis this Thursday at the health department from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. 

Embry encouraged only those who do not already have access to a mask to receive one from the health department. 

Additionally, Embry said that the Leitchfield Walmart, starting this Friday, will begin providing drive-thru COVID-19 testing. 

Walmart employees will not have contact with the people being tested; rather, Walmart will provide a self-swabbing kit to individuals. 

Testing will be from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. this Friday, and from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after that. 

In order to be tested, individuals are asked to go to doineedacovid19test.com to schedule an appointment. Then they must print off the confirmation and bring it with them to their appointment. One does not have to have symptoms in order to be tested. 

County officials will hold their next live press briefing this Friday at 3:30 p.m., and will continue to post daily updates on Facebook on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.