Spike in COVID-19 puts Myers Tower on lockdown

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A highrise apartment building for the elderly and disabled has gone lockdown, following a surge of COVID-19 cases in Pike County.

The lockdown was announced in a letter to residents from executive director Jim Hobbs, which notes that only tenants and health care workers are allowed in the building, effective Wednesday morning. No “guests or non-essential family members” are allowed.

In a statement to Mountain Top News, Hobbs said the lockdown was done as a precaution to proactively protect residents.

“We did this earlier in the year and due to the uptick in cases in Pike County thought it would be prudent to do again,” Hobbs said.  “As far as I know to date, none of our residents have contracted the virus and I’m trying to keep them as safe as possible.”

Hobbs also said the lockdown only applies to people who do not live in the building. Residents remain free to come and go.

A sign on the door to the building warns that anyone in the building who is not a tenant is subject to arrest for trespassing. Residents who allow non-residents inside could be evicted, the sign also warns.

Hobbs says in the letter that he anticipates the lockdown will last for two weeks, and he asks residents to wear masks and practice social distancing.