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How Harrison County, the first Kentucky county with a positive COVID-19 case, is handling life in a new normal

Posted at 7:24 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 19:31:38-04

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (LEX 18) — The first case may have been here in Harrison County back on March 6, but we were warned that it was going to spread across the state and it did.

It's now been detected in all 120 counties.

So far, more than 50,000 Kentuckians have tested positive.

Harrison County was the first to experience life in a new normal, and the first school district to shut down due to COVID-19.

But the rest of the state soon followed with students finishing the year virtually.

As a result of restrictions and fear of the virus, businesses were forced to temporarily close. That led to a skyrocket in unemployment claims.

By the start of summer many restaurants, gyms, and offices were able to reopen. But none look the same as they did at the end of February.

Tables and desks are at least six feet apart. Plexiglass separates a customer from the register. Most seating at bars and restaurants is now outside. Hand sanitizer is a must-have accessory.

In July, Governor Beshear even issued a mask mandate. All of this in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19.

We may have more tools to fight against Coronavirus, but the simple reality is that until there's a cure or a vaccine, this is the new normal that we're going to continue to live in.