A 69-year-old Lyon County male is the first confirmed coronavirus case in western Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement late Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities have not named the man, but claim he has had minimal contact with others. Judge-Executive Wade White said the man is isolated and is in otherwise good health.
"So everything is going OK there," he said.
State and local health officials, as well as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are on the case. They are investigating who the man may have had contact with and notifying those individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
White said plans have not changed to continue as normally as possible. His office, the sheriff and county attorney at courthouse will remain open. He is also urging people to go out to local restaurants and order take out or utilize their drive-through, but asks people to have common sense in this trying time.
"We'll get through this. There could be more to come," he said in a Facebook video posted this evening. "We don't know that for sure."
This late-breaking story punctuated the anxiety felt around the community and will be updated on The Herald Ledger's website and Facebook page.
Meantime, life is far from normal in Lyon County amid the now all-too-real COVID-19 pandemic, but local leaders are asking residents to continue living without fear or panic during an unprecedented period of American history.
The list of ordered closures and optional decisions to shut down businesses and services has seemingly grown by the hour over the past week, but essential operations for daily existence will continue as normal. That means electricity, gas, water, sewer, internet and phone will continue to flow to homes and businesses. Grocery stores and pharmacies will continue offering life-sustaining goods.
“We are in uncharted territory,” Eddyville Mayor John Choat said Tuesday. “I urge people to take a breath, remain calm and continue to shop local to support our community.”
The judge-executive said anyone who may be afraid to get out to shop for essentials or get food may call his office to arrange for volunteers to lend a hand. His office can be reached at 270-388-7311.
Read more in this week's issue of The Herald Ledger.
Updates and all a person needs to know about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC’s website at CDC.gov/coronavirus.