Jessamine County designated COVID-19 ‘red zone'

Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 12:12 PM EDT
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JESSAMINE CO., Ky. (WKYT) - Jessamine County has now been designated a ‘red zone’.

Public Health Director Randy Gooch pleading with the community to take the county’s new red zone designation seriously.

“Whether or not we can keep these kids in schools," Gooch said. “The direction we’re going in right now, you know, I’m afraid we’re going to have to pull back a little bit and that’s nothing any of us want to see.”

More Kentucky counties in the red zone for COVID, including Jessamine.
More Kentucky counties in the red zone for COVID, including Jessamine.(KDPH COVID-19 Dashboard)

Health officials say 44 new cases were reported Saturday, with 150 active cases, bringing the total in the county to 859.

The health department says there have been five COVID-19 related deaths this week. Three from the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center and two from out in the community. Prior to that, there had been zero.

A mom to three, Jennifer Haseloff, says she and her family have been at some sporting and other events in the county. She said sometimes her family is one of only a few who have masks on in the entire crowd.

“The governor said on his address to the judge-executives, he wanted an 80 percent coverage with masks," said Judge-Executive David West. "So, if you’re in proximity to someone, we’ve got to start using these a little more than we want.”

Haseloff says two of her kids are doing virtual learning, while her eldest goes to school in person on a split schedule two days a week.

She says the numbers in the county were low for a while, but she thinks that some people may have stopped caring as much as they did at the beginning of the pandemic.

She says people aren’t wearing their masks as much anymore or they will go in larger crowds and gatherings than usual.

Haseloff says her daughter has told her she sees kids on the bus that take their masks off, worrying kids her age are hanging out in big groups again.

“We only have control over what we’re doing. We don’t have control over what everyone else is doing. And such is life," Haseloff said. "But it does affect everybody.”

Haseloff says her next worry is how the flu season could impact the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the county. She hopes the rising cases serve as a wake-up call to the community.

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