LOUISA Lawrence County officials have announced its first case of COVID-19 in the county.
County Judge-Executive Phillip Carter, Louisa Mayor Harold Slone and Debbie Miller, the county’s public health director, made the announcement a little after 7 p.m. on Friday.
While the risk to the general public is low, according to the release, health officials are working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and speak with all who may have come in close contact with the infected person. The individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Additional details about the person can’t be provided because of HIPAA privacy laws.
There are 302 reported positive cases, according to Gov. Andy Beshear. There were 54 new cases on Friday, the highest total of any day thus far.
The Lawrence County Health Department offered the following tips to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus: Wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid close contact with people who are sick/have symptoms, stay home when you are sick/have symptoms, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Visit kycovid19.ky.gov for the latest updates. Follow the Lawrence County Health Department Facebook page for any new information in the county.