City of Paducah Closely Monitoring Coronavirus Situation

Date of release:  March 9, 2020

coronavirusThe City of Paducah is closely monitoring the developments concerning the 2019 Coronavirus (also known at COVID-19).  We invite the public to either attend or watch the Tuesday, March 10 meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners meeting as Lindsey Cunningham, Purchase District Health Department epidemiologist, will provide an update on COVID-19.  The link to view the meeting live is

City Manager Jim Arndt says, “The COVID-19 situation changes daily, and I want the Paducah community to know that it is at the forefront of our internal conversations.  The safety of our citizens is our highest priority.”

The City of Paducah along with other organizations is participating in meetings organized by the McCracken County Emergency Management Department so that the most up-to-date information can be shared.  The Kentucky Department of Public Health also is providing information for local health departments.  Citizens can find the latest information about COVID-19 in Kentucky by visiting the Kentucky Department of Public Health’s website at

Regarding AQS QuiltWeek scheduled for April 22-25 in Paducah, the City of Paducah has been in communication with the show organizers.  At this time, the American Quilter’s Society is proceeding as planned to hold the show.  Show organizers and Convention Center management are taking precautions and will be providing hand sanitizer.

As provided in a statement by AQS, “The safety of our guests and staff at the show remains our highest priority, and we are working with our partners at the show sites to ensure a safe environment for our community to convene.  While the government has not suggested limiting domestic travel or imposing restrictions on international inbound travel beyond those already in place, this is clearly a rapidly evolving situation. AQS is closely monitoring the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and will fully comply with all official requirements.”

To read the full statement and future updates regarding AQS Quilt Week, visit

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus.  The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases which includes COVID-19. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects such as cell phone and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

For more information, visit the CDC’s webpage dedicated to COVID-19 at