HOPKINS Co., Ky. (WFIE) - Governor Beshear’s Office is reporting 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hopkins County as of Sunday.
On Saturday, Hopkins County health officials reported they had 10 positive cases.
Health officials tell us they’re seeing community spread the coronavirus.
Community leaders are urging people to take social distancing seriously.
Through the health department’s investigation, there were over 100 contacts with these people who have tested positive.
The city of Madisonville issued a statement, pleading with everyone to adhere to Governor Beshear’s mandate of social gatherings or no more than 10 people.
We spoke with Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield who says social distancing is crucial.
“I feel like I’m responsible for the health and well-being of everyone in the entire county and the communities in it, and that’s why we’re emphasizing social distancing, trying to slow the spread of this virus because I feel like it’s my responsibility to do everything I can to minimize that spread,” Whitfield said. “Just the fact that we have 10 cases, and if they were in contact with over 100 people, if a high percent of those come down with this virus, then a lot of them are gonna be seeking medical attention and the big thing is to not overwhelm our health care system.”
Whitfield says he can’t stress enough how important it is to social distance.
You can watch the live event on the City of Madisonville, KY’s Facebook page below.