Meade County Judge/Executive Gerry Lynn held a press conference at 2 p.m. on Monday to provide an update on the county’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Lynn began by saying the county has followed all the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.
“We are not panicked, but we are prepared,” said Lynn. “We are taking measures to flatten the curve and reduce the impact on our public healthcare system.”
Lynn reiterated that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Meade County, and he provided clarification on a Nelson County individual that tested positive.
“Over the weekend, there was some information given out about a positive case from Nelson County with Meade County ties,” said Lynn. “The individual was a previous resident of Meade County, but has not been a resident of Meade County since the outbreak. Due to privacy laws, we will not be releasing additional information on that individual. At this time, we have no reason to believe that the individual has had significant contacts within Meade County over the last two weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with that individual and his family.”
Lynn said that the Meade County Courthouse remains open at this time, but they are asking for the public’s help in reducing the number of in-person contacts.
“For instance, if your car tags need to be renewed, please mail those in,” said Lynn. “Only come if absolutely necessary.”
Lynn said that, pursuant to the CDC recommendation, they are asking that anyone over the age of 60 remain in their home as much as possible. He also advised the public to wash their hands frequently and practice social distancing. He urged employers to continue to prioritize the workplace safety and wellness by encouraging employees to stay home if they’re sick, following the CDC guidelines to prevent illnesses, and being flexible with their leave policies.
The County Attorney’s office has been closed to the public, and Lynn said this was due in part to the Supreme Court Order temporary closing the court system. He said the public can still call the County Attorney’s office at 270-422-4848.
Lynn asked that, should a member of the public need to call 911 for an emergency, they inform dispatch if they someone in the household may have been in contact with someone with the COVID-19 disease.
Officials also requested that, in an effort to limit overwhelming the healthcare system, individuals not seek medical attention if they otherwise would not. Anyone seeking medical care will be screened prior to treatment.
“We will all get through this,” said Lynn. “This is a temporary inconvenience, but one that we believe will save lives. May God bless all of Meade County, its citizens, and also our nation.”
The official COVID-19 hotline number is 1-800-722-5725. Visit www.cdc.gov for official government information about COVID-19.