Madison County has shattered their single-day record for coronavirus positive tests with 144 new cases being reported on Tuesday.
In a daily social media post, the health department noted the heavy increase and stated: "This is not a typo. 144 cases in a single day."
According to officials with the health department, the previous record number of cases for single-day report was 71 cases reported on Aug. 27.
This brings the county to a total of 502 active cases and increased the current incident rate to 41.2 cases per 100,000 people a day, over a seven-day average maintaining its current red zone status.
"The Madison County Health Department is asking for the cooperation of the entire local community—each individual’s personal responsibility is vital to slowing the spread of COVID-19," the department said in a release. "Health officials are urging the public to follow the Red Zone Reduction Recommendations at https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/covid19/ThursdayRedCounties.pdf."
During the Berea City Council meeting, Mayor Bruce Fraley called the number "sobering" as part of his mayor's comments.
"Protect yourself and protect others by wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and washing your hands...," he said.
Since March and including today's increase, the county has had a total of 3,075 cases.