New positive cases of COVID-19 continue to be recorded locally, statewide and nationally, but efforts to slow a major resurgence of the virus appear to be making a difference.

Cases in Jefferson County have tapered off slightly since July 15, when the highest number of cases were reported in a single day locally. Since then, Jefferson has recorded 35 cases, although the potential for infection remains higher than a month ago following earlier stages of reopening.

The county’s coronavirus count is at 145 cases and two deaths, with the last reported on July 2. The state of Indiana overall has recorded 64,299 cases and 2,733 deaths as of Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

With a free COVID testing clinic on Main Street open until at least mid-August and a mask mandate in order by order of Gov. Eric Holcomb, the City of Madison announced Monday it would reopen Rucker Sports Complex on Aug. 3 in conjunction with temperature checks and a COVID-19 questionnaire requirement at Rucker and all other park facilities.

“Our staff has taken all the necessary steps to address the health concern at Rucker and will continue to take precautions moving forward. We look forward to reopening and providing kids with the opportunity to have some sense of normalcy during these times,” Assistant Park Director Matt Woolard said in the announcement.

The city had closed Rucker most recently after it was reported that two individuals who were positive with COVID-19 had been to events at the park.

Meanwhile, school districts in the county plan to open within the month of August with plans in place for face masks, social distancing and online learning. Madison Consolidated Schools sent out revised plans to parents Tuesday moving open house events to online and reminding parents that all students ages eight and/or Grade Three and above must wear a facemask to school when the district resumes classes Aug. 12.

Elsewhere, schools in Carroll County have pushed opening day back to Monday, Aug. 24, and the Carroll County Board of Education last week approved a recommendation by Superintendent Danny Osborne to hold classes under a distance-learning model for the first nine weeks rather than return to the classrooms in person.

A record 12,375 tests were conducted statewide on July 20, with Jefferson County making up 32 of those tests and 3,283 since the start of the pandemic. Locally, 4.4% of those tests have been positive, according to Indiana State Department of Health data.

In Kentucky, Trimble County has recorded 31 cases since the onset of the pandemic, with 26 of those recovered, the North Central District Health Department last updated on Monday. No deaths have so far been recorded.

Carroll County’s COVID numbers, however, are now on par with Jefferson County’s and continue to climb following reopenings in June. The Three Rivers District Health Department reported a total of 140 cases Tuesday, with 87 of those cases still active and 48 recovered. The number of deaths related to COVID-19 is still at two.