On Saturday, Harvey County announced a record number of new COVID-19 cases — 18 in one day.


In four of those cases, the source of exposure is unknown. The Harvey County Health Department identified Harvey County as a county with community spread of the disease about 24 hours prior to the announcement of those cases.


"Community spread isn’t a reason to panic, but it does justify a sense of urgency in our communities," said health department director Lynnette Redington. "It’s an opportunity for each of us to renew our personal commitments to the precautions that worked so well early on for our county. COVID-19 is in our county, and each of us needs to respond accordingly."


At the time of the release on Saturday, the county was host to 35 active cases, with two people hospitalized.


All of the 18 individuals were in home isolation. The health department is regularly monitoring the health of the individuals, as well as following up on all close contacts.


At the time of the release, Harvey County had identified a total of 81 COVID-19 cases, including 77 confirmed and four probable cases. There have been 2,118 tests for the coronavirus conducted in Harvey County.


• A woman in her 70s. She is a close contact of a known active case.


• A woman in her 60s. She had known out-of-state travel.


• A woman in her 50s. This case is under investigation.


• A woman in her 50s. She is a close contact of a known active case.


• A woman in her 40s. She was in contact with another individual with COVID-19 in another county.


• A woman in her 40s. She is a close contact of a known active case. She has already met recovery criteria.


• A woman in her 30s. Her source of exposure is unknown.


• A woman in her 20s. Her source of exposure is unknown.


• A woman in her 20s. Her source of exposure is unknown.


• A woman in her 20s. She was in contact with another individual with COVID-19 in another county.


• A woman in her 20s. She is a close contact of a known active case.


• A woman in her 20s. This case is under investigation.


• A man in his 60s. This case is under investigation.


• A man in his 60s. He had known out-of-state travel.


• A man in his 50s. He was in contact with another individual with COVID-19 in another county.


• A man in his 40s. His source of exposure is unknown.


• A man in his 30s. He is a close contact of a known active case.


• A man between 10 and 19 years old. This case is under investigation. He has already met recovery criteria.