Earlier today, Webster County Judge Executive Steve Henry addressed the citizens of Webster County with a Facebook Live message, addressing both the recent spike in COVID-19 positive tests in the county and what other concerns that have arrisen during the crisis.

“Today I want to talk to everyone in Webster County,” Henry stated. “We have seen a spike in the number of positive cases. Those were expected and we also expect our numbers to go up (further), basically because there is more testing.”

Webster County reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, jumping from 14 to 21. Prior to that report from the Green River District Health Department, Henry had planned to address the county with a number of statistics, but that addressed was delayed for 24 hours.

According to Henry, the first case of COVID-19 in the county was reported on March 23. It took 25 days to go from one to 10 cases. It took just five to jump from 10 to 21.

He then reported data that had been collected on the first 14 cases, which he had planned to release prior to the increase.

According to his report:

•58% of those cases were work related

•21% were non-work related

•21% were unknown

Of the known 79% of positive cases, none were contracted in Webster County, all were either from people traveling to other counties for work or for personal reasons, which he sees as a sign Webster County residents are looking out for each other.

“The number one thing we can do is to continue social distancing,” Henry said. “We are all responsible for our own safety. Do what you feel you have to do personally, but have respect for those people you come into contact with.”

Henry also reported that the sheriff’s department has received an increase an increase in 911 calls and domestic violence calls, as well as an increase in issues relating to mental health.

He also said that the county had seen fewer reports of child abuse and neglect, but cautioned residents to be aware, those issues are hidden at a time like this.

“Most of the reports we get of those things come from teachers and people at church who notice something,” Henry stated. “Those things are hidden right now.”

He urged residents to report it if they hear or see signs of such abuse.

“Its probably something that isn’t being talked about enough,” he said. “People are under a lot of stress right now, but stress is never an excuse for child abuse or child neglect.”

He went on to urge Webster County residents to pray for all elected officials, from Governor Andy Beshear to their local mayor, and not to worry about political parties or differences of opinion.

“Right now we need to be helping everyone,” he stated.

Henry plans to address the county each Wednesday going forward until the COVID-19 crisis ends.

To view Henry's entire address, click here.

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