Latest Grayson Co. COVID-19 case tied to Myrtle Beach, SC

The Grayson County Health Department on Wednesday reported one new case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county.

The victim is a 22-year-old man.

“This case has been linked to the current (coronavirus) outbreak at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” according to the health department.

Grayson County now has had 145 COVID-19 cases diagnosed, with 10 deaths also blamed on the virus. Only one of the 145 COVID-19 patients remain active, as 134 people have recovered.

The latest diagnosis is only the sixth new COVID-19 case in Grayson County reported since early June.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) is issued an advisory last week for Kentuckians who have recently traveled to Myrtle Beach.

The alert follows an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases that began after Myrtle Beach hotels reopened May 15, according to health officials.

On June 11, a group of Kentuckians traveled to Myrtle Beach with at least nine members of the traveling party testing positive for the virus. Officials said another cluster may be linked to a trip to Myrtle Beach in the first week of June.

KDPH advises Kentucky residents who have traveled to Myrtle Beach in the past two weeks to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.

Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s Public Health commissioner, said, “If you or someone to whom you are close has been to Myrtle Beach in the past two weeks, please be aware that you have a good probability of having been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Please avoid contact with those who are vulnerable, such as the elderly and anyone with significant medical conditions, including diabetes, obesity and heart disease.”

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com