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Third COVID-19 Case Confirmed in McCracken County
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Purchase District Health Department has received notification of the third confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in McCracken County. 

The patient is a female McCracken County resident, and is reported to be in stable condition. Additional details about the person cannot be provided because of medical privacy laws.

The Health Department confirmed the county's first two cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The are an 81-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman whose cases are connected. They are both currently in isolation. 
  
“We believe the risk to the general public is low, and as this situation evolves, we will continue to communicate with the CDC, Kentucky Department of Public Health, and the people of McCracken County,” said Kent Koster, Public Health Director of the Purchase District Health Department.  “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.  However, there are simple preventative actions you can do to help prevent the spread of this virus.”

The Purchase District Health Department offers these tips:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
• Stay home when you are sick. 
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The virus can be spread by respiratory droplets, and symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough or shortness of breath. 

Those experiencing symptoms should first contact their primary care medical provider. Concerned individuals who are otherwise healthy, should visit kycovid19.ky.gov for additional information ,or call the Kentucky COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725. Call a medical provider if signs or symptoms of COVID-19 develop. 

The Purchase District Health Department can be reached at 270-444-9631, and more information is available at their website, www.purchasehealth.org.

Published 09:48 PM, Friday Mar. 27, 2020
Updated 06:48 AM, Sunday Mar. 29, 2020

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