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Father of cancer patient worries about virus exposure

Posted at 5:44 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 05:44:33-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — While the number of novel coronavirus cases in Kentucky is increasing, people who are especially vulnerable are getting worried.

LEX18 spoke to Danny Johnson whose 31-year-old son, Christopher, is being treated for leukemia at UK Hospital.

He will be admitted for at least the next four weeks while he has chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant.

Now his father is worried after hearing that someone who is infected with the coronavirus is being quarantined at UK hospital, he says his son is too sick to fight off an infection if he comes in contact with it.

"You don't know who's been exposed, what floor they are on, do they want to get something at the cafeteria to eat," Johnson said. "It's just unsettling."

On Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear told people not to panic. During his announcement he was joined by Dr. Mark Newman, the executive vice president of Health Affairs at UK Hospital, who reiterated that message.

He also said other patients at UK Hospital were not at risk.

"Our hospital is designed with substantial isolation capabilities, so we can do this in a very safe way for both our patients and our people," Newman said. "So people don't have to worry about coming to UK."

Even with this message, Johnson is still worried. He's placed a sign on his son's hospital door that says, "Only doctors, nurses and techs may enter" and hopes this is enough to keep him safe.