Coronavirus cases grow in western Kentucky as recoveries are reported

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Daviess and Hopkins Counties remain two places with some of the highest numbers of cases reported. While some are recovering measures to help prevent more cases are still needed.

Health officials have confirmed 73 cases between Daviess and Hopkins Counties. However, the Green River District Health Department is adding something to its report: recoveries. It says 8 people in Daviess County and two in Henderson County are recovered.

“Confirmed cases must be symptom free for at least 72 hours to consider them recovered,” says Merritt Bates-Thomas of Green River District Health Department. She also says people are recognizing importance of social distancing, but the strategy will need to be in place for the foreseeable future.

“It’s going to be an ongoing strategy we have to use in the weeks to come. It’s the proven way that will help us reduce the risk of getting or sharing COVID-19,” she says.

In Hopkins County, Judge Executive Jack Whitfield Jr. says the spike in cases since last week has made the county a hot bed for coronavirus cases.

“If you look at the map, Hopkins County is a hot bed. I don’t want to say it, but I’ll say it anyway. It’s the truth. It’s just the way it is. We have not been following all the procedures we should. The disease is spreading faster around here than anywhere else around,” he said, during a video press conference on Tuesday.

Although the sun was out Wednesday, parks across Owensboro and Daviess County were quieter than usual.

“It’s different for everybody,” says Hilda Young of Owensboro

“It’s sad to see the playground closed when we come down here, but we’re still able to walk around the water and spend a little more time together,” adds Marcia Carpenter, who was at Smothers Park with her granddaughter.

Green River District Health officials say they expect to see more cases, but that physical distancing and staying at home will make a difference in the long run.

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(This story was originally published on April 1, 2020)

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