Christian County Health Department announced two new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 Wednesday afternoon in Hopkinsville.
They are a 37-year-old female and a 75-year-old female, bringing the total of local COVID-19 cases to five. Three of those cases, including the most recent two, are considered presumptive positive as commercial labs await verification from the state lab.
The two new cases are not related, and both individuals are at home on self-isolation with mild symptoms, according to the health department.
Direct contacts are being identified and contacted, the release states.
Gov. Andy Beshear ordered Wednesday that all non-life-sustaining businesses close by 8 p.m. Thursday, after the state’s cases of COVID-19 surpassed 160 and four Kentuckians died from complications.
Even with that reality, some local businesses and organizations were still not complying earlier this week with the governor’s initial orders to stop in-person interactions.
“We have had some businesses that refuse to comply,” said CCHD Executive Director Kayla Bebout. “We’ve asked for law enforcement or emergency management to step in when we get those complaints to ask them to cooperate. If they are unwilling to do so, we will have to take additional measures.”
Bebout said a cease-operations order had been issued to one local business that wouldn’t follow the order, but she refused to name that business.
“Out of protection of that business, we will not be releasing that,” she said, noting that she didn’t want the business to get any resistance from the community. “They are still a part of our community.”
Like the governor, Bebout urged citizens to report any businesses and organizations that are not complying by calling the new state hotline at 833-597-2337. That number is solely for reporting non-compliance to the governor’s executive orders.
The state hotline and website for information about COVID-19 and its symptoms are 800-722-5725 or kycovid19.ky.gov.
“We have been pounded here with phone calls, and we’re still trying to do our (COVID-19) investigations,” Bebout said of the local health department. “So we do ask that people call and vet that through the hotline.”
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