Misinformation is being shared on social media about the coronavirus causing unnecessary fear, said local leaders.

During a recent Facebook Live conference Scott County Judge-Executive Joe Pat Covington cautioned people to rely on “credible” sources for information.

Last weekend, Covington, Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather and WEDCO public health director Dr. Crystal Miller announced the county’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus via a Facebook Live conference. The News-Graphic made the same announcement via text alert and later with a news article posted on  the newspaper’s Facebook page and its website: www.news-graphic.com.

“It’s a lie,” stated a comment on the newspaper’s Facebook page. “It states ‘first’ and a she. When really a man from Scott County was diagnosed on Friday and passed just this morning. A little late GNG.”

The commenter was not entirely wrong, except the “Scott County” to which he referred was Scott County, Indiana, not Scott County, Kentucky.

On another site someone said the confirmed case was made on Friday even though the news was released Sunday. Miller received confirmation of the case at 5 p.m. Sunday and she joined Covington and Prather for the Facebook Live conference shortly after 6 p.m. The News-Graphic sent its text alert at approximately 5:55 p.m.

“I want to stress to do what is right,” Covington said. “And get accurate information.

 

Mike Scogin can be reached at mscogin@news-graphic.com.

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