In Kentucky, a farmer is still refusing to vaccinate her herd after she had to quarantine her animals because of a coronaval disease outbreak that’s claimed dozens of lives.
The Farmington Sun reports that Holly Stowe was one of the first to report that her herd had been sickened after a person reported symptoms on March 17.
She says the disease was confirmed as COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 18, but the county’s health department said it had no immediate plans to quarantine the animals.
Stowe told the newspaper that her animals were tested and found to be healthy, and she is still in quarantine.
“I’m still going to feed them and vaccinate them because it’s their lives,” she told the paper.
“But if they can’t do it, we’re going to do it anyway.”
Stowe said she has been working with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to get vaccinated.
She also said that her family is donating money to the Kentucky Center for Disease Research and Prevention to help pay for medical care and food for the animals who have been left to fend for themselves.
Stowe’s case has put pressure on Kentucky officials to do something to help protect the state’s livestock from the coronaviruses, which have caused more than 300 deaths.
Last week, Gov.
Matt Bevin announced a state of emergency to combat COVID, a designation that would allow him to declare a state to protect public health.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.