Last week, 30 Lyon County students were quarantined and one was isolated by the Pennyrile District Health Department.

According to information provided by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Lyon County was in the red or critical level of COVID-19 incidence rate with 27.8 cases per 100,000 people on Thursday. The next day, the county fell into the orange or accelerated level and on Sunday reported 24.4 cases per 100,000 people — just a shade below the threshold to be included at the red level, which indicates 25 or more cases per 100,000 people over the previous seven days.

Last week, Nov. 2-6, Lyon County reported 16 new cases of COVID-19, with only one of those being a school-aged student (5 to 18 years old), a 13-year-old male who was confirmed on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Lyon County Superintendent Russ Tilford said that he and his staff are monitoring the information closely and basing any decisions on that.

“Our decision is to continue on with in-person instruction (this week),” he said on Friday. “We looked at the data that was provided by the state, but also, we’re monitoring the health department numbers every day and keeping a running log of that.

“We know that we (were) one or two cases into the red, if you will, on a seven-day rolling average. That gives us the belief that the condition will not be worse (this week).”

Tilford emphasized that the students who are in quarantine do not necessarily have COVID-19, but that they had been in contact with someone who has been confirmed to have it.

“That is 100% correct,” he said. “In fact, we probably want to over-quarantine rather than under-quarantine so that we do keep the case number minimized.”

Lyon County schools are allowing five-day in-person instruction. Tilford said the health information would determine how the school district reacts.