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McCracken Co. Sees First Two Cases of COVID-19
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MCCRACKEN COUNTY - The Purchase District Health Department has confirmed McCracken County's first two cases of COVID-19.

According to the Purchase District Health Department, McCracken County has its first two confirmed cases of the virus. Officials with the health department say the patients are in stable condition.

While they believe the risk to the general public is low, officials are working with the CDC and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact anyone who may have been exposed.

Additional details on the patients wasn't provided due to medical privacy laws.

"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 Kent Koster, Public Health Director of the Purchase District Health Department. "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."

The Purchase Health Department encourages everyone to follow the guidelines below:

• 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 05:49 PM, Monday Mar. 23, 2020
Updated 06:53 PM, Tuesday Mar. 24, 2020

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