Four of the 45 new positive cases of COVID-19 announced Sunday are in Boyd County.

According to the Boyd County Health Department, all individuals are isolating at home and are compliant with all public health recommendations.

All cases involve females. The ages are 22, 28, 42 and 63.

The quartet of cases account for the first such diagnoses in the county.

According to a press release from the Boyd County Emergency Operations Center, Maria Hardy, the director of the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department, said there were four positive patients in Boyd.

The released, authorized by Boyd County Emergency Management Director Tim England, encouraged everyone to practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and to stay home unless you need to be out for essential needs.

“Today’s a hard hit,” said Boyd County Judge-Executive Eric Chaney. “I think everybody had in the back of their mind it was already here, but I got a phone call about one confirmed case here in the county, and then all of the sudden, five minutes later, I hear of four confirmed cases.”

One of the four cases is a patient of Dr. Sanjiv Gupta’s.

Gupta, an internal medicine specialist with King’s Daughters Medical Center, announced on his Facebook page that he was “very sad to report” the first positive case from his practice.

“My staff and I are committed to care for our patients,” the physician wrote. “This coronavirus is the real deal. Please everyone do not take things for granted. Follow the advice — hand-washing, social distancing and staying at home.”

Gupta said there is “no need to panic, as patience and perseverance is what will see us through these tragic times.”

KDMC CEO Kristie Whitlatch Sia dit was news “we knew was inevitable but were hoping to avoid.” All patients, she said, were tested in a drive-through respiratory virus center and are recuperating from home. Whitlatch posted on Facebook that if anyone needs advice or would like to schedule a virtual visit, they can call the KDMC Care 24/7 line at (606) 408-8999.

Said Chaney: “We’re all in this together. It’s not just Ashland or Catlettsburg or Boyd County, or the entire state of Kentucky, but it’s the entire nation. Times like these, or 9/11 or times of war, politics are out the window. That’s what makes us America.”

Chaney said England and Hardy are “on top of their game” right now as safety and health leaders in the community.

There are now 439 reported positive cases in Kentucky, according to Gov. Andy Beshear, who updates the commonwealth every day at 5 p.m.

Lewis, Boyd, Lawrence and Martin County are among northeastern Kentucky counties to have reported at least one positive case. There are no cases in Greenup, Carter or Elliott to this point.


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