In a press release sent out Friday afternoon, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department confirmed that Hardin County had experienced its first positive case of COVID-19, the newest strain of coronavirus. The case was notable not only for being the county’s first, but because the patient is a student in the Hardin County School system.
Since Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear confirmed the first case of COVID-19 on March 6th, three juveniles, including the one in question, have tested positive for the virus, with the most recent coming from Jefferson county just a day prior. After confirming that the patient, a 6-year old, had tested positive for the virus Thursday evening, Governor Beshear explained that while children are not immune to the illness, initial cases have shown that they are resilient.
“Their systems, from everything that we’ve seen, take it on and show little to no symptoms,” Beshear stated.
The same is true with Hardin County’s juvenile case.
“We know that this student exhibited no symptoms of the virus before we dismissed school last Thursday,” explained district spokesperson John Wright.
Wright says that the district has already taken proactive steps in the matter, working with the health department to help limit the spread of the virus.
“We will continue to do what is right to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff in the days and weeks to come.”
The demographics of the patient are not yet known, but will likely be released by Governor Beshear in his press conference Friday evening at 5 p.m.