Officials confirm sixth case of COVID-19 in Pike County

Published: Apr. 9, 2020 at 7:39 AM EDT
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4-14-2020 Update

Tammy Riley, the director of the Pike County Health Department, confirmed the county's sixth case of the coronavirus on Tuesday afternoon on their Facebook page.

Novel Coronavirus Update

Posted by Pike County Health Department on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Riley said the new case is a 51 year old woman who is recovering at home. The other patients are a 28 year old man, a 69 year old man, a 78 year old woman and a 51 year old woman. The other patient, a 62 year old man, died recently at the hospital.

Three of the other patients are recovering at home. The fourth, the 78 year old woman, is still in the hospital.

4-11-2020 Update

In a video message posted to the Floyd County Fiscal Court's Facebook page, Judge-Executive Robbie Williams and Floyd County Health Department Director Thursa Sloan announced that anyone who visited Rogers Gun and Pawn in Betsy Layne from March 29th - April 4th and "did not practice social distancing" will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

This comes after a Pike County man who was initially believed to be from Floyd County tested positive for COVID-19.

They said they reached the decision to issue this advisory after gathering information about the man.

You can watch the full video

4-10-2020 Update

Officials in Pike County have confirmed a fourth positive case of COVID-19.

The news was released Friday morning at a news conference at the courthouse.

Officials say the new case is a 62-year-old man and is in the hospital at Pikeville Medical Center. We're told one of the other patients is being treated at the hospital. The other two are at home in isolation.

Officials with the Pike County Health Department are working with their counterparts in Floyd County to make sure all bases are covered in each county.

"The Pike County Health Department will be working in conjunction with the Floyd County Health Department to ensure that all individuals in contact with the patient have been notified. And we'll be working that very thoroughly," said Public Health Director Tammy Riley.

4-9-2020 Update

Officials announced two new cases Thursday morning, bringing the county total to three.

Pikeville Medical Center Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass said 90 tests have been performed at the hospital with at least six still pending. We're told in addition to the PMC employee who tested positive last week, another person tested positive there. Both of those patients are recovering at home.

There was another positive case confirmed at Tug Valley ARH at South Williamson. Officials there say that patient is being treated at the hospital.

Judge-Executive Ray Jones said he would consider a countywide curfew if he thinks it will become necessary. Jones also said he will likely issue a new executive order soon that would prohibit gatherings in public places.

Jones said rumors of a planned Easter egg hunt were reported to his office, which led to the decision to enact an executive order to close the park at Fishtrap Lake and all other county parks.

"We are trying not to impose any greater burden On the citizens of this county and our businesses than we have to," Jones said. "But if we start seeing businesses keeping tanning beds open, we start seeing churches have Easter egg hunts, I will have no choice."

He said the disregard for the rules is a disregard for life.

"In an area where most people consider themselves pro-life, It's inconceivable that people want to minimize what 60,000 people dying really is," Jones said.

Pikeville Medical Center also made a plea to the public, saying the hospital is prepared but does not need an influx in COVID-19 patients.

"This is really a cry from all of us because we want you to be safe," said Dr. Fadi Al Akhrass, Infectious Disease Specialist at Pikeville Medical Center. "We believe we are prepared at this point based on our ability and our stockpile however, things may change. That's why we need to contain the problem."

He said social responsibility is the most impactful weapon.

"This is our responsibility to follow the preventive guidelines," said Al Akhrass. "And the number of people who are dying are gonna be our responsibility."

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County officials discuss the current cases and steps they are taking to protect citizens.

You can watch the news conference below:

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