Hundreds of Kentuckians have died since the virus first hit our state. These are friends, neighbors, parents, grandparents, and colleagues. Kentuckians from all walks of life — frontline workers, bricklayers, great-grandparents. Here are just a few of their many stories.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Rebecca Shadowen was a top specialist in the field of infectious diseases at Med Center Health in Bowling Green. She contracted COVID-19 in May and lost her fight with the virus on Friday, September 11.
Connie Smith, President, and CEO of Med Center Health stated, “We are grieving the loss of Dr. Rebecca Shadowen. There are really no words to describe the pain felt by her family, physician colleagues and Med Center Health teammates. Dr. Shadowen will forever be remembered as a nationally recognized expert who provided the very best care for our patients and community. She was a dear friend to many.”
GUSTON, Ky. — Joyce Scobee was loved by everyone who knew her. She not only cared about her own family but others she met at church.
Scobee was an active member of Hill Grove Baptist Church. She lost her husband of 52 years, Duewy Dean Scobee to cancer in 2016. It was then that she leaned on her church family even more. She was very active with the Silver Bells Widow Group.
SACRAMENTO, Ky. — June Hill spent a good portion of her life in Sacramento, Kentucky. The small town in McLean County was her home. She was born on January 17, 1935. She would grow up and marry a coal miner, Bill. They would have four children and live a very happy life together.
June was a homemaker for most of her life and she spent her time doting on her family. The Hill family would often go camping or horseback riding. The Hills were also committed to following their children around to the various sporting events they were involved in.
The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:
The CDC believes symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.