Paducah Mayor-elect George Bray tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday after announcing in a Facebook post he was exposed to the virus by multiple family members.
Bray joins two incoming city commissioners in contracting the virus, although Bray told WKMS the outbreak won’t have an impact on the transition of government. He said business will continue to be conducted remotely in order to allow the safe transfer of power.
“We’re all meeting by Zoom anyway, I mean, in the interest of caution and I think it’s not the preferred method of meeting. But as we’re going through the pandemic, we’ve all learned how to do it and we’ve all become pretty functional at it. So I believe that we will be able to carry on,” Bray said.
Bray also said he is not considering a local mask mandate to supplement Governor Andy Beshear’s statewide order. He is calling on Paducahns to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
“I’m gonna follow the governor’s guidance and I’m gonna urge the citizens of Paducah to follow the guidance of the governor,” he said.
Bray said he is not currently experiencing symptoms and will continue to isolate alongside his wife, who also tested positive.
According to the Purchase District Health Department, McCracken County currently has 820 active COVID-19 cases out of 2,104 total positive tests.