PARIS, Ky. (LEX 18) — There are now 22 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. On Monday morning, we learned of the first death related to the virus.
Governor Andy Beshear announced the patient was a 66 year-old man from Bourbon County, and says the man did have pre-existing conditions. But the virus was a contributing factor in his death. This case highlights how quickly this virus is spreading through Kentucky.
The director of the Bourbon County Health Department tells us the 66 year-old patient was originally admitted to the hospital due to that pre-existing condition.
He was treated for that condition, then more information was uncovered.
"He was, in fact, linked to one of the Harrison County tests. Clearly, they tested him at that point and did receive a positive result," said director Andrea Brown.
His test result was reported on Friday. By Monday morning, Governor Beshear announced he had died.
"There were numerous factors that led to this point. The coronavirus was only a factor," Beshear said. "But what it means, is that it's very important that we all do our patriotic duty as we move forward to model the type of behavior that we need."
"Our hearts are broken on behalf of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them," Bourbon County Judge Executive Mike Williams said. "The community will certainly collectively mourn this event."
In response to the pandemic, Williams says the county courthouse will be closed starting Tuesday to all non-essential business. The offices of the county clerk and county attorney will remain open to the public. Both offices will remain heavily sanitized and employees will keep a safe distance.
Williams admits this new normal will be distressing for the community, but together, they hope to get through this time.