Local officials held a press conference at the Johnson County Fiscal Courthouse on April 25 to announce the county’s second confirmed case of COVID-19.
Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie, Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon, Emergency Management Director Gary McClure and Public Health Director Julie Bush addressed the community.
Bush announced that the positive test was from a 72-year-old male who showed no symptoms. The male chose to be tested at a drive-through testing site in Floyd County last week.
The officials encouraged the public to continue social distancing, practice hand washing and follow the restrictions set in place both locally and by the governor as they have been to slow the curve. They also urged residents not to panic.
“We want to assure everybody that the health department is staying in contact as related to these situations,” said McKenzie.
Bush said the virus is in every Kentucky county.
“As more tests become available and more people are tested, we will see more positive cases,” she said. “But, in Kentucky as a whole, and in Johnson County, we’re doing a good job of flattening the curve. We’ve put steps in place, thanks to the judge and the mayor, to keep people safer and for the most part people are doing their part to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”
Runyon urged residents to not panic.
“We’re doing a good job,” he said. “Let’s continue to do a good job. Johnson Countians, citizens of Paintsville, our community as we refer to it, is doing a good job and will continue to do a good job, but we knew that eventually we were going to have some cases of this virus. Just keep doing what you’re doing. You’re doing a good job. Keep up the good work.”
McKenzie said there has been heightened anxiety in the last week around the situation and attempts to loosen restrictions and stated those directives have not yet been lessened.
“We want to remind folthat the directives that have been in place for some time and have been supported by the mayor and I with executive orders are still in place in this community,” he said.
McKenzie encouraged locals to continue staying healthy at home, practicing social distancing and following the guidelines that have been set in place to keep the community safe.
As of presstime April 28, Bush said, no other cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Johnson County.
For video footage of Saturday’s announcement, visit The Paintsville Herald’s Facebook page.