Muhlenberg Co. Health Department confirms 1 additional COVID-19 case

8 cases in the county

Muhlenberg Co. officials give update on COVID-19

MUHLENBERG CO, Ky. (WFIE) - Muhlenberg County Health Department confirms an additional case of COVID-19, bringing the total across the county to eight.

The health department says they aren’t able to give out any more details because the investigation is ongoing.

Health department officials say they are working to notify any people that came into contact with the patient.

On Wednesday, they announced they had five new positive cases.

Judge Executive Curtis McGehee discussed their local task force and what’s being done to help stop the spread.

“People in our community are following the recommendations that have been given by the Centers for Disease Control and (prevention)," McGhee said.

Muhlenberg County Public Health Director Cathey Bethel says three of the five cases who tested positive on Wednesday are connected with the county’s first confirmed case. Health officials say they are refraining from releasing their ages due to privacy concerns.

“Even though we have a population of over 30,000 (people), it is a small rural community," Bethel said. "Given the names of the cities and towns - isolates those individuals, and those things are things that can actually identify those individuals are.”

Bethel says these cases are still under investigation. Meanwhile, officials are notifying people who may have come in contact with these individuals.

While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to increase throughout the United States, places like Muhlenberg County are trying to find some peace.

“The governor suggested that communities light up green to show our empathy towards families that maybe have lost a loved one," McGehee said.

Health officials say one of the seven people with COVID-19 is hospitalized.

Officials in Muhlenberg County held a news conference Thursday morning, after the five additional cases was announced on Wednesday.

Full news conference: Muhlenberg Co. officials give update on COVID-19
Coronavirus symptoms.
Coronavirus symptoms. (Source: Owensboro Health)

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