PUBLIC INFORMATION BRIEF
March 25, 2020 10:30 AM
The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has nine cases in our 10 county region.
We currently have five positive Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) cases in Pulaski County. One of the Pulaski County positive cases has been cleared, and the other positive cases are currently being monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms and are self-isolated.
We currently have one presumptive positive case in McCreary County we are treating as a positive case. This person is self-isolated and not hospitalized.
We currently have three confirmed positive cases in Wayne. Two are hospitalized and one is self-isolated at home.
LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them
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.
Personal Prevention Measures:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. 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.
• 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 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. Use regular household cleaning spray or wipes as recommended by the CDC.
- In following with Governor Andy Beshears’ order, no social gatherings such as church services, funerals, weddings, etc. will be permitted.
- Retail businesses are closed except for those exempted by the Governor’s order. Those that remain open must observe social distancing for staff and customers. Restaurants are closed except for drive through and delivery. No dining room service is allowed.
What to do if you feel ill:
If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, isolate yourself from others in your home and call your healthcare provider or local health department to describe your symptoms and any recent travel before you go to the healthcare facility.
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 want to be tested for the COVID-19, call the provider to see if they are offering testing prior to going to their office. All providers will screen you for symptoms prior to deciding to do further testing. Many providers will require a flu and/or strep test prior to testing for COVID-19. No testing is being done on non-symptomatic patients. If you feel you need emergency treatment, please call the hospital prior to arrival to alert them to your symptoms.
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.
What we have done:
- implemented our Department Operations Center and are at a level 3 (enhanced activation)
- updated our Board of Directors, local community partners, media, and the public.
- received a “push” from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and distributed Personal Protective Equipment to Emergency Operation Center
- shut down our health department clinics to essential services only.
- provided information packets to all primary care physicians in our region with information on COVID-19
What we are doing:
- contact investigations and issuing quarantine orders for those with COVID-19
- responding to issues of non-compliance with the Governor’s order to close down businesses specifically told to shut down for a period of time.
- created a weekly meeting to update media and public on COVID-19 in our region.
- in the process of planning for mobile testing centers once test kits are available in our area.
- planning for mass immunization clinics once a vaccine is available in our area.
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 https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx
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.