Hardin County had 111 new positive cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period — more than double the previous single-­day high of 47 cases earlier this mon­th, according to the Lin­coln Trail District Health De­part­ment Tuesday afternoon.

The 111 cases were among 320 new cases announced Tuesday of the coronavirus in the six-county health district.

The case total was from 4 p.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Tuesday. Hardin County was coming off 28 new positive COVID-19 cases over a three-day period when the new data was announced Tuesday.

Hardin County now has had 1,972 total cases since mid-March, according to the health department.

Local health district officials recently had warned of a growing trend of positive cases in Hardin County.

“Letting down our guard could lead to even more COVID-­19 cases,” Lincoln Trail Dis­trict Health Department Health Promotion Manager/Pub­­lic Information Officer Terrie Burgan said. “It is imper­a­tive that individuals and fam­ilies consider the degree in which COVID-19 is spreading within the county when they leave their homes.”

Hardin County has had 306 positive tests of COVID-19 since last Monday, according to health de­part­ment data.

There currently are 12 people hospitalized and 342 people are under in-home isolation in Hardin County. The district said 1,602 people have recovered from symptoms and there have been 16 deaths.

Neighboring LaRue and Meade counties also saw a surge in positive cases, the health district reported Tuesday. LaRue County had 28 new cases and Meade County had 18 new cases.

In the health district that covers Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Nelson, Marion and Washington counties, there have been 4,345 cases with 3,394 people to recover. There are 22 people hospitalized, 891 people under in-home isolation and 38 people have died from the virus, the health district said.

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