Coronavirus cases continue rising in Daviess County

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – The case of an Owensboro Public School employee testing positive for coronavirus adds to the growing list in the hardest hit county in the Tri-State.

“It’s kind of scary and there’s a lot of unknown. I think that it can definitely affect people’s lives,” said Rebecca Fuqua of Daviess County, when asked about the 22 cases reported across the county. Since the first case was confirmed nearly a week ago, it’s affecting more lives and more businesses.

“Very shocking to go into the stores and see all the empty shelves of things you don’t expect to see empty,” said Brenda Brown of Owensboro.

The latest involves an Owensboro Public School worker who was involved in providing free breakfasts and lunches at several sites in western owensboro. Jared Revlett of Owensboro Public Schools says the person didn’t show symptoms until this past Saturday, was tested that day, and didn’t return to work after the test. Others who came in direct contact with the employee are in 14 days of self isolation.

“The health department says the risk to the community is extremely low risk due to the fact that it’s a community wide spread at this point,” he said.

Daviess County is reporting more cases than nearly all other counties in the Tri-State combined. Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson says they’ve taken steps to encourage social distancing, but will wait for guidance from state and federal officials before starting any new restrictions.

“We’re following the guidelines with the experts. We’re not going to invent anything. When we get information from Frankfort and from Washington, those are the experts. That’s why they’re in those positions and we’re following their guidelines,” he said.

Some residents say they’d like to see more stay in home orders similar to one other states and cities started.

“To me, I think it’d be done better if they did that here because of the young kids. They’ll get out, they want to run and stuff. They don’t know if they’ll get infected, or if they know if they got colds,” said Jerry Brown of Owensboro.

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(This story was originally published on March 25, 2020)

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