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Health officials warn shoppers at Walmart in Hazard to monitor themselves for virus

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.

“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 April 16 that he has the virus. The health department also made the announcement, 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, Bessie, is a certified nurse Aid at the nursing home in Hindman. Thomas told the Herald-Leader that she tested negative.

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 the entity that should be concerned about exposure aware.”

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