Kentucky natives in Seattle area concerned about coronavirus

Posted at 5:13 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 18:49:25-05

SEATTLE, Wa. (LEX 18) — Two Kentucky natives now living in the Seattle area say they’re worried about the coronavirus.

Denise Alexander and her husband Brock have been following the news closely.

“With a three-year-old, that is absolutely terrifying because he doesn't know when to stop putting his hands in his mouth,” said Denise Alexander.

The couple, who previously lived in Lexington, moved to the greater Seattle area with their two kids about a year ago. Now, they find themselves in the heart of the U.S. coronavirus scare.

“For us, it's safest to stay home. I think I'm gonna see a lot of that. And now that the death toll is up to 6, I'm getting more scared I can't lie,” said Alexander.

Alexander says she and her kids are self-isolating, and her husband has been taking the couple's car to work instead of using public transportation.

“It's a little scary, the buses are like my one - no. Absolutely not,” said Alexander.

Alexander tells us they also have stocked up on at least 2 weeks’ worth of food as recommended by the CDC, and she says stores have been packed.

“Hand sanitizer - there's none between here and Portland. Facemasks are gone, gloves, cleaning supplies are all flying off the shelves. I'm a little concerned that it's going to turn into a madhouse,” said Alexander.

Some Seattle area schools have already closed, and Alexander is hoping companies, like Amazon where Brock works, will let employees work from home.

Aside from that, she says they'll continue hunkering down, and hoping for the best.

“If someone could just send some Ale 8 and hand sanitizer we'd be on top of the world,” said Alexander.