HOPKINS Co., Ky. (WEHT) – A plea from officials in Hopkins County as the death toll from COVID-19 climbs to two – and 17 total cases have been reported – up from 12 over the weekend.
“Again the message is that COVID is in our community and it is widespread,” said Hopkins County Health Department Director Denise Beach. “If you have a fever of 100.4 or greater along with shortness of breath, cough, headache or other respiratory symptoms you need to self-quarantine.”
Health officials say the virus is only going to get worse.
“As a reminder, this is now a community acquired virus,” Beach said. “It is being very prolific in our community.”
A continued warning from the Health Department to follow the stay at home order – as Hopkins County has the second highest number of cases in western Kentucky – only behind Daviess County.
“I have a teenager and my teenager wanted a basketball, he wanted me to buy a basketball so he could play basketball, but the thing is that is not a need, thats a want and we didn’t go buy one, and it’s hard to make those sacrifices,” said Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton.
Hopkins County Judge Executive Jack Whitfield said he wants to work with the community – to hopefully ease how the virus is affecting daily lives.
“We are just trying everything we can to help this county out,” Whitfield said. “We have heard stories from throughout the country when somebody catches this virus they are seen as a bad person, they are not, nobody wants to catch it and nobody is catching it on purpose, no groups are getting together hoping to spread it – so lets – this goes for me as well – remember let’s love our fellow citizens and support each other in this time.”
Officials say they are also closing the City of Madisonville’s golf course – as yet another Tri-State community urges its residents to heed the warnings before it’s too late.
(This story was originally published on March 30, 2020)