First death from COVID-19 reported in the Tri-State

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HOPKINS Co, Ky (WEHT) The first death from COVID-19 has been reported in the Tri-State.

The Hopkins County Health Department reports one person has died from the virus. Gov. Andy Beshear says the person who died was a 77-year-old man.

There are now three people in the county with COVID-19

County officials say the death was an elderly person who had other health issues as well.

The announcement of the region’s first death connected to COVID-19 was made this morning by local health and government leaders.

It happens as more steps are taken to prevent more people from becoming infected.

“Any time that you have a death in the community, it’s going to be tough on the community, but this one is being related to COVID-19 is not what you want to hear in the community. It’s rough for the family to deal with this right now,” said Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton.

The death comes as a third case was reported for Hopkins County. Other counties such as Daviess and Muhlenberg have reported more cases. Hopkins Co. Judge Executive Jack Whitfield Jr. hopes the growing number of cases gets more people to practice social distancing.

“We’ve struggled with getting people to do the social distancing. If anything comes good comes out of it, it would be that people are taking it more seriously and continue with that social distancing,” he said.

Mayor Cotton says the city’s closed off playgrounds, basketball courts and other features at city parks to prevent crowds from gathering.

“If it’s your grandkid that is at the playground and they bring that back home to you and infect you with the virus, then we have another positive case and that is what we are trying to stop,” he said.

Some stores are using markers on floors near cashier stands or checkout lanes.

“Many businesses have put markers down, so that when people are in line to check out, they can see what six-foot spacing it. It gives them knowledge on where to stand,” said Whitfield.

Judge Whitfield says he is noticing fewer people are hoarding products at area stores and shelves are becoming more fully stocked.

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(This story was originally published on March 27, 2020)

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