Community leaders from the city and county gathered Friday morning for a coordinated meeting to share and update information on local efforts in the event of a case of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The meeting, held at CFSB’s Mayfield branch, hosted representatives from the City of Mayfield, Graves County, Mayfield Police and Fire departments, Graves County Sheriff’s Office, Graves County Jail, Graves County Emergency Management, Graves County Health Department, and Jackson Purchase Medical Center.

One of the main points stressed was if anyone is sick and wants to see a doctor to call their physician’s office first and not go to the office and potentially overwhelm local health care providers. Likewise is someone believes they have been exposed to the coronavirus COVID-19 to call their physician for medical instructions and not go to their office or local emergency room.

The Graves County Health Department has established a call center to address COVID-19 questions at 270-247-3553.

Also, if anyone is in need of emergency assistance, they may contact gravesem@gravescountyky.com or phone 270-727-5114.

Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry reported he had been in contact with the Graves County Baptist Association to coordinate church volunteers who may be able to provide supplies or assistance to shut-ins. Mayfield Fire Department Chief Jeremy Creason also said he had heard from several churches asking about possible volunteer opportunities.

Creason added Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church had inquired about possibly holding an internal blood drive. He also said the American Red Cross is able to do blood drives but is looking for locations to host them, such as church venues.

If any church may be interested in volunteering or in hosting a drive, call 270-727-5114.

Jackson Purchase Medical Center CEO Dave Anderson reported the hospital currently has a no-visitor policy and is balancing between that policy for the hospital and allowing access for patient visits in its Medical Pavilion.

“We want to maintain calm while getting ready,” he said.