HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson Mayor Steven Austin hosted a press conference Friday with Henderson County Judge-Executive Brad Schneider and local public health officials to address the recent COVID-19 surge in the county.
“We’ve really hit a tipping point," said Clay Horton, Director of Public Health at the Green River District Health Department, during the conference. "Its a signal to the entire community that we need to sit up and take notice and follow the advice of experts...”
During the conference, Henderson Mayor Steve Austin said they need to get the virus under control during the month of October. If not, he said that could open up more sanctions and closures.
During the press conference, Mayor Austin said they must use the month of October to try and get their current situation under control.
After the conference, the mayor told 14 News if the state doesn’t do anything by November and their case numbers are still high, they might look into doing something on a local level.
“...you’ve got to protect the overall community," Mayor Austin told 14 News. "You can’t just let things go, and continue to grow and have more and more cases. But I think when we get to November, there will have to be some decisions made.”
Officials say many of the cases in Henderson come from Long Term Care facilities. But health officials also said they’re seeing community spread not just in Henderson, but through the entire Green River District.
Deaconess Henderson Hospital officials were also at today’s news conference. They warned about their shrinking supply of Personal Protective Equipment, urging people to continue to follow guidelines. But said they are still prepared to treat all patients.
You can watch that full update here.
It’s not just Henderson experiencing a surge in cases, the whole Green River District is experiencing a community spread. On Friday, the district reported 75 additional cases.
Health officials reported 23 new cases in Henderson County and three more deaths. That brings their total confirmed positive cases to 1,001 with 14 deaths.