The Boone County Health Department reported 18 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, the highest daily increase in cases since the county began recording test results.

The announcement, in a regular evening email, came hours after the county announced its new health order that will loosen public safety restrictions beginning Tuesday.

Boone County now has 250 total COVID-19 cases and 59 active cases. There are now 34 travel-related cases, 126 cases via contact with a confirmed case, 66 community transmitted cases and 24 cases pending investigation. Of those pending cases, 14 came from Thursday’s report.

There are no new hospitalizations or deaths, according to the release.

Thursday’s daily cases affected a whole range of ages. Two cases were under 15 years old, five cases were aged

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