Main Street

Main street has little traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic on March 23, 2020 in Morehead, KY. Photo by Brianna Robinson.

Mayor Laura White-Brown and Rowan County Judge Executive Harry Clark received confirmation of a second positive case of COVID-19 in Rowan County on Monday.

A post on Morehead-ky.gov said the following:

A second Rowan County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is following all the necessary protocols and guidelines at home during this time. We will not provide additional details publicly regarding the identity of this person out of respect for them and the abidance of medical privacy law.  

The Kentucky Department of Public Health has begun their investigation to determine whom the individual has come into contact with, where they have been, where they work, etc. Individuals whom the KDPH believe came in close contact with the individual during the disease’s incubation period will be notified and contacted by healthcare authorities. Their symptoms, or lack thereof, will be monitored and they will be asked to self-quarantine for fourteen days. 

We have been in daily communication with healthcare officials and other local leaders to ensure that we are prepared. In order to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system, we all must work together to slow the spread of infection. We want to stress at this time the importance of all of us adhering to the Governor’s orders as well as continuing to practice the precautions that have been shared by the Centers for Disease Control. 

The Facebook post from Clark said: 

This should not come as a surprise to us as we have been preparing for this. Part of the reason we have such a low number of cases at this point is the great job everybody is doing with social distancing. Don’t let up now that the weather is nice. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get out and enjoy it, but certainly not in groups. 

Please continue to practice social distancing to protect your loved ones. By washing your hands and staying #HealthyAtHome, you can help to lessen its impact on your community.

If you believe that you may be feeling symptoms of the Coronavirus, please call the state COVID-19 hotline at 800-722-5725 or visit St. Claire HealthCare’s online screening website at www.st-claire.org/covidscreening to see if you qualify for a test. You can also call 606-780-5227. If the phone line is busy, call back later or go online.