NewsCovering Kentucky


Harlan County Judge-Executive tells his family's COVID19 story

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 00:32:21-05

HARLAN, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Coronavirus has touched every corner of Kentucky, including Harlan County which has recorded about 40 deaths.

Most of those happened in the last few months.

Judge-Executive of Harlan County, Dan Mosley, and his family have had a long couple of weeks, they have been quarantined in their home since right after Christmas.

"It's mentally taxing. I had to explain to my son quarantining is not much fun, but the virus is no fun at all. We have to be thankful that he and I haven't had it, and we hope that stays the case," said Mosley.

It started when Dan's wife Stephanie tested positive in late December. Mosley says it's the sickest she's ever been. She's no longer positive but is still recovering at home.

Right as their quarantine was ending his stepdaughter, JoJo started having symptoms. She tested positive this Friday, which means all of them had to restart their isolation.

Mosley says he knows from first-hand experience that the virus can lay dormant for a long time. Therefore, he says, people need to be very careful about not coming out of quarantine too quickly.

Mosley knows his family is lucky that their symptoms haven't been more severe, and he says they will all do their part and quarantine for as long as it takes to prevent the spread.

"I've lost friends to this virus that I've known since I was a child. It is very real and relies on all of us to take these guidelines seriously and do everything we can until everyone is safely vaccinated," said Mosley.