First confirmed case of coronavirus in Kentucky

Published: Mar. 7, 2020 at 1:50 AM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19/WAVE) - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday the state has its first confirmed case of coronavirus.

Beshear says the patient is located in Lexington. They are currently in isolation at UK Chandler Hospital bit are not a member of the UK community, according to UK spokesman Jay Blanton.

According to Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett, the patient is from Harrison County

There have been 10 tests in Kentucky for COVID-19 and only one came back positive for the disease.

Beshear says the state has filed paperwork for a state of emergency in order to ensure all state entities have the necessary resources to respond.

“While the overall threat to Kentuckians is still low, we as a state are going to take every necessary action to protect our people,” Beshear said.

The governor says there is no need to panic and wants people to continue to take the precautionary steps to protect their health and the health of those around them.

“Kentuckians can and should still go to churches and basketball games. People should go about their daily lives but practice better daily hygiene,” Beshear said.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says people at risk for coronavirus:

  • Have come in close contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 infection, including healthcare workers
  • Have traveled in the past 14 days in countries with ongoing community spread of the virus.

Kentucky health officials say if you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, isolate yourself from others in your home and contact your healthcare provider or local health department to describe your symptoms and any recent travels before you go to the healthcare facility.

The governor said there are a number of steps Kentuckians should take to protect their health, including:

  • Get a flu shot from your local health department or your family provider.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Click here to watch videos on proper handwashing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then properly dispose of it.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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