Scott County leaders take proactive measures against COVID-19

Posted at 3:46 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 20:12:00-04

SCOTT COUNTY, KY (LEX 18) — Leaders in Scott County took swift action to help the elderly and also stop anyone in public from gathering in large groups.

The Scott County government issued a curfew on minors and a ban on groups of ten or more in public places. According to the executive order, no one under 18 an be in public unattended from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The measure exempts minors who are accompanied with a parent or legal guarding or at a job.

The provision preventing groups greater than 10 from congregating in public allows for larger groups of unaffiliated people to be present at places such as grocery stores.

Scott County Judge Executive Joe Pat Covington said minors caught disobeying the curfew could be cited to court along with their parents.

He hopes everyone follows the orders for the sake of public health.
"If we do what we need to do now to flatten the curve, this experience will hopefully be a shorter time length than if we don't." said Covington.

Scott County leaders also launched an effort to help people who have no other means to get food and basic necessities. "We're trying to
concentrate on efforts to help the elderly, people with immune suppression that physically can't get out to help themselves." said Scott County Emergency Management Director Michael Hennigan.

Volunteers will answer calls Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here are those numbers: (502) 867-2004 and (502) 867-2005.

People must pay for the supplies. Deputies will deliver medications from local pharmacies and other volunteers will pick up limited amounts of grocery items.