Greenup County is reporting its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The Greenup County Health Department made the announcement on Wednesday morning. According to Health Department Director Chris Crum, the patient is a 27-year-old woman.
This comes after seven people tested positive for the virus in Boyd County. In Boyd County, the patients are:
- 70-year-old man
- 66-year-old man
- 63-year-old woman
- 42-year-old woman
- 30-year-old woman
- 28-year-old woman
- 22-year-old woman
Kentucky’s COVID-19 numbers stand at:
- Number Tested: 7,556
- Positive: 591
- Deaths: 17
As cases continue to rise, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issued an order forbidding residents from traveling to Tennessee unless they were doing it for essential reasons like shopping for food, going to work, or taking care of a friend or relative. The travel ban does not affect Ohio.
According to the state’s COVID-19 website, if you think you might have COVID-19, you should not assume you do and treat it like any other cold or flu by self-isolating.
They do not suggest going to the doctor’s office as you could spread the disease to other patients. “If you are ill but would not have sought medical care but for COVID-19, do not see in-person care at hospital, ER, or doctor’s office.”
The state suggests calling your local health department or you primary care physician. If you feel it is an emergency, then call your doctor or emergency services.
- Emergencies are defined as:
- Having trouble breathing
- Allergic reactions
- Heart attack or stroke symptoms
- Feel confused, dizzy or disoriented
- Having difficulty walking, speaking, or seeing
- Sudden, severe pain
Officials say not to call 9-1-1 for information about COVID-19, to get tested for COVID-19, or for mild symptoms. You can call the COVID-19 Hotline at (800) 722-5725.
The state is making another change due to the shortage of milk brought about by panic-buying. The Kentucky WIC program has a waiver from the USDA that will allow those currently receiving a package that allows for 1% or skim milk only to also purchase 2% milk.
According to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department, “Milk is an essential form of nutrition for growth and development and we want to ensure that all participants are able to obtain it during the COVID-19 pandemic.”