The Highland County Health Department announced the county’s fourth COVID-19-related death in their Wednesday, Sept. 16 update.

“We are sad to report our fourth COVID-19 death in Highland County,” the department posted. “The deceased person was a woman in her 60s. No additional information will be provided for this case.”

This is the first COVID-19-related death in Highland County in close to a month, as the three other deaths in the county were reported Aug. 19, Aug. 12 and May 4.

Although the county remains at single-digit active cases, quarantines more than doubled since the Monday, Sept. 14 update. There were 19 individuals monitored by the health department Monday and 46 quarantines reported Wednesday.

“The number of quarantined individuals has increased significantly due to a large gathering exposure,” the health department said.

Active cases have increased slightly from seven to nine cases in the past two days, and cumulative cases have gone from 231 Monday to 234 Wednesday. Hospitalizations have decreased from two to one, while cumulative hospitalizations have increased from 24 to 25.

For the first time in many updates, the recovered COVID-19 patients (221) is the only category that did not change from the previous announcement.