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Laurel County native living in isolation to avoid coronavirus

Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 19:30:22-05

(LEX 18) — Laurel County native Kevin Kester has quarantined himself inside his apartment in Daegu, South Korea.

He said he is hoping to avoid the coronavirus, which has killed at least 11 people in the country.

Kester said he has stocked up on masks and enough food to last about 10 days.

He shared a video with LEX 18, in which you can hear a PSA coming through an announcement system in his apartment.

The messages are in Korean, but Kester said they remind people to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks and staying indoors, if possible.

According to Kester, these types of announcements are not unique, but with the increasing threat of the coronavirus, they have become more frequent.

He said every day he hears one in the morning and another at night.

Kester said the government is also sending out daily push notifications with the same type of messaging.

Kester said he predicts the crisis in the city will slow in a couple of weeks, but with the number of cases on the rise, there's no telling how long he will stay inside.