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Kentucky believed to be up to 16 cases of COVID-19

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Posted at 4:24 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 17:28:15-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Saturday that the state of Kentucky is believed to be up to 16 cases of COVID-19.

Beshear clarified that while he believes there are 16 cases, one of the cases may be a duplicate.

"While we believe there is 16, and we want to make sure that we're not holding any number back, it is possible that that number is 15." Beshear said.

The six counties the virus came from are Harrison (six cases), Jefferson (4 cases), Fayette (3 cases), Bourbon (one case), Montgomery (one case) and Nelson (one case).

Beshear said the Nelson County patient refused to self-isolate.

"We had the first instance of an individual who has refused to self-isolate," Beshear noted. "We have taken the steps to force an isolation that will be in their home. This is a Nelson County resident that has tested positive, left against medical advice, refused to self-quarantine. We have worked with the county judges and others. It was a step I hoped I never had to take, but we can't allow one person who we know has this virus to refuse to protect their neighbors."

There is law enforcement outside the Nelson County patient's home to ensure he stays quarantined.

Provided information on 15 patients with COVID-19 in Kentucky is listed below.

-27-year-old female from Harrison County. (Now out of the hospital and no longer infected with COVID-19)

-40-year-old male in Fayette County

-69-year-old male in Jefferson County

-67-year-old female in Harrison County

-68-year-old male in Harrison County

-46-year-old male in Fayette County

-54-year-old female in Harrison County

-60-year-old male in Harrison County

-51-year-old male in Harrison County

-31-year-old female in Fayette County

-66-year-old male in Bourbon County

-68-year-old female from Jefferson County

-80-year-old female from Jefferson County

-53-year-old male from Nelson County

-56-year-old male from Montgomery County