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McCracken Co. COVID-19 Patients Update
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MCCRACKEN COUNTY - The Purchase District Health Department has confirmed some new details about McCracken County's two COVID-19 patients.

Public Health Director for the Purchase District Health Department, Kent Koster, told West Kentucky Star that one of them is an 81-year-old man, and the other is a 73-year-old woman. The patients are in stable condition, and are currently in isolation. The two cases are connected.

While Koster believes the risk to the public is still low, officials are working with the CDC and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and isolate anyone who may have been exposed.

"We believe the risk to the general public is low, and as this situation evolves, we will continue to communicate with the CDC, DPH, and the people of McCracken County," said Koster, "The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, there are simple preventative actions you can do to help prevent the spread of this virus."

Koster encourages everyone to follow the below guidelines:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Avoid close contact with anyone that is sick.
• Stay at home when you are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw it in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Officials want to remind everyone that the virus can be spread through respiratory droplets. Symptoms of COVID-19 could include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their primary care medical provider. For more information visit the link below, or by contacting the Kentucky COVID hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

Published 02:50 PM, Tuesday Mar. 24, 2020
Updated 10:41 AM, Wednesday Mar. 25, 2020

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