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Health department asks that customers of store monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms

Period of concern is March 15 to April 9

The Kentucky River District Health Department is asking anyone who went to the Hazard Walmart between March 15 and April 9 to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

A 41-year-old Knott County man who is employed at the store tested positive for the virus and is under self-quarantine at home, District Health Director Scott Lockard said this afternoon.

“He had some symptoms, but mistook them for seasonal allergies,” Lockard said. “That’s our concern, because a lot of people have seasonal allergies here. That’s why we’re telling people to monitor themselves, and if they have any symptoms to be tested.”

Jason Thomas, of Hindman, announced on his Facebook page this morning (Thursday) that he has the virus. The health department also made its announcement today, though it did not name the person who tested positive.

“I have tested positive for Covid-19 if anyone has made close contact with me please be tested. Know that I’m very sorry and God be with us,” Thomas wrote in a status on his page.

Thomas’s wife is a Certified Nurse Aid at the nursing home in Hindman. While Lockard declined to confirm names or talk about where Jason Thomas’s wife works because of federal privacy laws, he said the department “will make any entity that should be concerned about exposure aware.”

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