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Mayor Gorton declares state of emergency, but clarifies there is no reason to panic

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Posted at 7:15 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 20:59:46-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Although she urged Lexingtonians to carry on as normal, Mayor Gorton has issued a state of emergency after the state's first confirmed case of Coronavirus.

Details have been scarce, but Governor Beshear confirmed that a person in Lexington had tested positive for the virus. Epidemiologists are currently working on tracing the individual's contacts.

Lexington's Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, urged residents to treat COVID-19 as any respiratory illness. Wash your hands and avoid touching your hands and face. If you are sick, stay home.

The reason that both the Governor and Mayor have declared a state of emergency is to access funds.