The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) has received confirmation of a positive Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) case in Pulaski County. LCDHD is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the person. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
The following personal and community prevention measures are recommended to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 for all residents.
Personal Prevention Measures:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick with a fever, coughing, sneezing, and having difficulty breathing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. Do not leave home until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without any fever-reducing medication, your other symptoms have improved, AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- If you are over 60 or have underlying medical conditions that may make your catching the disease more dangerous, please stay home as much as possible at this time.
- Purchase several weeks worth of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time and to decrease the number of trips to purchase supplies.
Community Prevention Measures:
- Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in public.
- Implement environmental surface cleaning measures in homes, businesses, and other locations. Wipe down frequently touched surfaces and objects such as tabletops, doorknobs, security code keypads, toys, desks, keyboards, and pens used by the general public. Use regular household cleaning spray or wipes as recommended by the CDC.
If you feel ill enough to need a doctor’s care, please call your healthcare provider prior to showing up at their office. If you feel you need emergency treatment, please call the hospital prior to arrival to alert them to your symptoms.
To help answer questions, the Kentucky Department of Public Health has created a hotline to answer questions at 1-800-722-5725. Additional information can also be obtained by going to their COVID-19 website at Kentucky COVID-19 Website.
The CDC also has a COVID-19 website that can be reached here:
Lake Cumberland District Health Department’s website can be reached here:
The Kentucky Department of Public Health hotline can be reached at 1-800-722-5725.