Muhlenberg County Judge Executive gives update on two confirmed coronavirus cases

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MUHLENBERG Co., Ky (WEHT) Muhlenberg County Judge Executive and health care officials gave an update on the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

Officials say the two patients do live in Muhlenberg County, and say they are both being monitored. We’re told the two patients are not connected.

Health officials say the risk to public is low, and they are working to identify those who were exposed.

So far, officials say they have done 24 tests for COVID-19 locally. Ten tests have come back, eight were negative, two were positive, and they are waiting on the results of 14 other tests.

Ed Heath, the COO at Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, says there are currently no COVID-19 patients at OHMCH.

Heath says they have temporarily restricted all visitors except certain circumstances.

“We’ve been through the flood of 1997, the ice storm that we all remember where we had total mobilization of our Kentucky National Guard. We haven’t been through this,” said Greg Armstrong, who heads the county’s task force on coronavirus.

Cathy Bethel of the Muhlenberg County Health Department says the two cases were reported late Sunday afternoon.

“We believe that the risk to the public is low once again and as the situation evolves, we will continue to communicate with everyone that is involved,” she said.

Bethel says they’re contacting anyone who had contact with the two the past two weeks to see if they have symptoms. Muhlenberg County joins a list of more than two dozen Kentucky counties to report cases, which include Daviess, Henderson and Christian Counties.

“We’ve seen a very strong working relationship among entities here in Muhlenberg County,” says McGehee.

He also says a county task force started late last week to address issues related to coronavirus effects and keeping people informed.

“We, in fact, know there are some things that are getting out in our community that are just not based on facts and it’s creating a lot of discomfort among citizens and we want them to be able to get the facts,” McGehee says.

McGehee also says the virus is a community issue, adding even if people think they’re healthy, it can be detrimental to a senior citizen or others if they’re exposed to coronavirus.

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(This story was originally published on March 23, 2020)

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