Officials preparing for coronavirus

Friday, February 7, 2020
Bourbon County Emergency Manager William Wallis, right, talks Tuesday during a county commission meeting about the need for a quarantine area in the event the coronavirus becomes an epidemic in Bourbon County. Also pictured is Third District Commissioner Nick Ruhl.
Tammy Helm

County health officials are researching a virus strain that cropped up in late 2019 and the potential for an epidemic.

Health officials have expressed concern about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) because little is known about the new virus, which has the potential to cause severe illness and death in some people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bourbon County Emergency Manager William Wallis spoke to county commissioners Tuesday about being prepared in case the coronavirus spreads to the area.

Wallis said after participating in a state-wide conference call Monday, which included emergency managers and public health officials.

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