No known cases of COVID-19 reported in the county

Webster County Judge Executive issues State of Emergency for Webster County, as a precautionary proactive measure, due to the COVID-19 virus. Webster County is currently not aware of any suspected cases of the coronavirus in our area. The State of Emergency has been issued as a proactive approach to prepare for the virus.

Officials say the decision was based on recommendations from Governor Andy Beshear and FEMA.

The Judge Executive has consulted with the Webster County School District concerning the state of emergency. The issuance of the state of emergency DOES NOT impact the day to day operations in the county. It does not impact businesses or any school activities. The state of emergency was issued to be able to request state and federal resources if the virus reaches our area, and if additional resources are required.

Citizens are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines concerning the virus.

With 6 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) currently being reported in Kentucky, state health officials would like Kentuckians to make sure they have the information that they need to take steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

•Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

•By respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

•These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Health officials offer 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.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough or shortness of breath. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms should first contact their local health department or health care provider.

A state hotline 1.800.722.5725 is available to help Kentuckians who have questions or need help.

For more information visit kycovid19.ky.gov and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.