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Lewis County, home to Rep. Thomas Massie, has a coronavirus case

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The novel coronavirus has reached U.S. congressman Thomas Massie’s proverbial backyard.

As Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated the state’s fight against the spread of novel coronavirus, the severe acute respiratory syndrome that causes the disease COVID-19, he announced a confirmed case in Lewis County.

Lewis County is home to Massie, who represents Kentucky’s fourth congressional district and last week caused last-minute drama around the eventual passage of a coronavirus stimulus package and threatened to vote against the package.

Massie was critical of measures being proposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in mid-March, Cincinnati.com reported previously.

The House voted to pass a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package – the largest emergency aid bill in history – that will offer $1,200 checks to Americans, extensive unemployment benefits for those out of work and financial relief to businesses and the health care industry hard-hit by the worsening crisis.

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Before the vote, members of Congress and President Trump seemed worried that  Massie could derail or delay the passage of the bill.

At the very least he forced some members to return to Washington – potentially forcing exposure to the coronavirus.

Massie drew the ire of President Trump, who said via Twitter: “He is a disaster for America, and for the Great State of Kentucky.”

Other politicians and politicos piled on Massie, whose effort to force a recorded voting process was ultimately thwarted.

Beshear confirmed 45 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky during his Sunday remarks.

One new case was reported in both Campbell and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky.

Kenton County had 17 confirmed as of Sunday afternoon.

Campbell County had five total cases, as did Boone County.

Grant County had one confirmed case.

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