BOYD COUNTY, KY (WOWK) — During his daily press briefing on Sunday, March 29, 2020, Kentucky Governor said 45 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Bluegrass State.
Of the 45 new cases reported Sunday, four of them came from Boyd County. Beshear did not report any new deaths during his briefing. Monday morning, health officials released demographic information about those cases. The patients are all female and are between 22 and 63 years old.
Officials with Ashland-Boyd County Health Department say all four women were not hospitalized and have been in self-isolation ever since.
Boyd County Director of Emergency Management, Tim England, says he knew this day would come. “We’d not had a positive case as far as test results, but realistically, we knew there were positive patients out there,” England said.
As a precaution, Boyd County has closed all parks to keep people form congregating. England says some of those parks have been closed for over a week. “We tell people to get out and enjoy the weather,” England said. “The problem we had [was] folks were still congregating in those areas, so they are now closed.”
Health officials with the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department are urging people to continue practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing, and staying home, except for essential needs. Health experts say doing these things will help flatten the curve.
The Emergency Management Agency spent the weekend requesting more personal protective equipment, or PPE, first responders and health care workers desperately need. “That our main priority right now, is taking care of [those] who are taking care of the public.” England said.
According to England, first responders are already wearing N95 masks, face shields, and gloves when they deal with patients and can’t maintain social distancing protocols.