Health Department: Clark County Teen Dies of Meningitis, Schools Still Safe

Cole Hon
A Clark County high school student died earlier this week from meningitis according to the superintendent.

The school systems said it is doing everything possible to make things safe when students return on Monday.
The health department said there is no public health concern.
Cole Hon died Tuesday after a short but tough battle against meningitis according to his obituary.
A website created in his honor said he was a healthy, vibrant teen who became suddenly ill and just 48-hours later passed away.
Hon was a sophomore at George Rogers Clark High School.
The superintendent said school staff has been working with UK Hospital, the local health department and the CDC.
He said the school is following every procedure to make sure students are safe.
Commissioner Rice Leach with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said Hon had bacterial meningitis which is not harmful to other students.
“This case is not contagious but I would also say have your kids wash their hands, follow good hygiene practices because about 50 times a year Kentucky gets one of the more serious kinds,” said Leach.
Every school in Clark County was already being deep-cleaned over winter break to try and get rid of the flu germs.
The school system cancelled Friday night’s basketball game so everyone can go to Hon’s visitation.
Donations are being accepted for the family through an official account at Central Bank.

Make checks payable to: Cole Hon Donation Account and send to Central Bank and Trust, 43 North Maple Street, Winchester KY or online at

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Visitation will be held Friday 5-8 at Central Baptist Church and Celebration of Life will be Saturday 11:00 at Central Baptist Church.