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Posey County Health Officer Tests Positive for COVID-19

The head of the Posey County Health Department said his case proves anyone is susceptible to the virus.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020 9:53 PM

The top health official in Posey County is experiencing the affects of COVID-19 first hand.

"My results actually came back then showing positive," said Kyle Rapp, health officer for the Posey County Health Department.

He got the news Sunday night: he had tested positive for the virus. 

"I've been able to go since March until now without catching it," he said. "I would consider myself one of the higher risks."

In fact, he's one one of the highest risks, as a physician leading the community's battle against the pandemic.

He's at home recovering currently, undergoing his 10-day quarantine period, but as the top health official for the county, he said his result proves anyone is susceptible to the virus.

"Some might say, 'Well Dr. Rapp was wearing a mask and he still got it' but nobody said a mask is 100% - it doesn't mean you can't get it if you're wearing a mask and you're social distancing," Rapp said.

His case is just one of several being reported across the county daily so, with the addition of a new testing site in Mount Vernon, the city's mayor hopes more people will be proactive.

"It's close, it's here, it's convenient, so people don't have to have transportation to go to Evansville," Mayor Bill Curtis said. "It's quicker, the test comes back -- it's supposed to be within 24 hours that they're expecting results."

Rapp said a test taken on Tuesday when the site opened for the first time has already revealed results for the patient. It's a quick turnaround that he says is pivotal in moving the county forward.

"I think in the long run will be good for our community even though we might see an up-tick in the number of positives," he said. "It'll be good to catch those so we can limit their risk of exposing others simply because they didn't get tested."

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