Muhlenberg Co. officials announce 2 positive COVID-19 cases

Muhlenberg Co. officials announce 2 positive COVID-19 cases

MUHLENBERG CO., Ky. (WFIE) - More confirmed coronavirus cases are popping up here in the Tri-State.

According to Muhlenberg County Health Department’s Facebook page, they’ve confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19 in their area.

Officials say they are investigating, and are asking everyone there to remain calm.

[Kentucky’s Coronavirus Website]

Muhlenberg County leaders came together to talk about the health department’s announcement about the county’s first two positive cases of COVID-19.

“As a country and as a community, we can recover, and I believe that we will," Judge-Executive Curtis McGehee said.

The county health department director confirmed that the two cases are not related, and neither person has traveled outside the country.

“It’ll be an investigation that we do. We find out who they’ve been in contact with the course of the last 14 days. We find telephone numbers and call these individuals, and we keep a log of all that information and check on them daily,” Muhlenberg County Public Health Director Cathy Bethel said.

Because of HIPPA laws, some information won’t be released to the public, but Bethel said that if you don’t receive a call regarding contact with the individuals that tested positive, you shouldn’t worry.

“We decided we wanted to implement a task force that would maybe take it a step further," McGehee said. "We did that this past Friday at nine o’clock and involved several different entities within the community. And we just want to work closely with the governor’s office and the Center of Disease Control to ensure we are doing everything that we possibly can.”

McGhee also stressed during the news conference the importance of keeping children calm and reassured during times like these.

“So, we want to get that message out to children through parents and guardians, it’s not the end of the world," McGehee said. "That this virus normally has minimal impact on children and youth. And it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned about it, certainly, we should, but it doesn’t matter if you’re four-years-old or 94-years-old you need to keep your hands washed.”

Muhlenberg County is not a part of that district.

You can watch the county’s full press conference in the video below.

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