The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department announced three more positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon. Among the three listed is the first deceased Boyd Countian who had the novel coronavirus.

Lindsey Aron Jordan, 49, was a bricklayer who worked in Michigan, where he died on Tuesday evening. The Boyd County resident had been in Michigan for an extended period at the time of his passing, which occurred in the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan.

According to Jordan’s family, his death was related to the coronavirus. Members of his family took to social media to implore people to take the coronavirus seriously.

Boyd County health officials had not yet confirmed if Jordan was the 49-year-old male listed on its latest report.

The other two cases reported Thursday involve a 68-year-old female and a 37-year-old female. The 68-year-old is in home isolation while the 37-year-old is in hospital isolation.

According to the health department, “positive individuals are compliant with home and hospital isolation protocol as per public health recommendations.”

Earlier on Thursday, King’s Daughters Medical Center CEO Kristie Whitlatch stated the following on Facebook: “We consider this a war. And we plan to organize our ‘soldiers’ accordingly. Some providers and team members will be deployed to the front, some will be held in reserve at home until we need reinforcements. I’ve asked our physicians across all specialties to develop a plan to ensure that we have adequate resources in their specialties for the long haul.”

Boyd County’s positive case total stood at 15 as of Thursday evening.

Carter County announced its first positive case on Thursday morning. While health director Jeff Barker did not release patient information, he did say the patient was at home in self-isolation.

That patient revealed her identity later on Facebook.

Donella Porter, of Olive Hill, shared her COVID-19 story on Facebook.

“Unfortunately, I am the first confirmed case in Carter County,” she wrote. 

Porter said she and her family have taken the virus extremely seriously for several weeks now. They’ve practiced all social distancing measures. 

Porter began experiencing symptoms on Saturday, she wrote. It began with “extremely dry” nasal passages, she said. 

By Sunday, she had more sinus pressure and draining, and she was “suppressing a little nagging cough.” By Monday, she had a fever of 100.6 degrees. She was tested Tuesday, which is when she lost all sense of taste and smell. By Wednesday, she experienced a headache, body aches and fatigue. Her sinuses are better, she said, and the fever is gone. The headache and body aches are lingering.

Lewis County announced an additional case, bringing its total to two. There is a case apiece in Lawrence County, Greenup County and Martin County. Cabell County, West Virginia, has four. Lawrence County, Ohio, has one. The Greenup County patient is a 27-year-old female who is self-isolating at home.


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