The Lincoln Trail District Health Department released updated information on Monday concerning the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to the release, as of Monday, there were four cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Two of those cases appeared in Harrison County, and one case appeared in both Fayette and Jefferson counties. Two additional cases had been identified as of Tuesday — one in Harrison County and one in Fayette.
“To date, public health officials have monitored over 200 individuals, with only 21 requiring testing,” a press release from the LTDHD says. “None of these individuals reside within the Lincoln Trail District.”
The Lincoln Trail District consists of Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties.
The press release says that public health officials will continue to monitor and prepare to promptly respond to any potential cases should they occur.
There is no vaccine available to prevent COVID-19, and the CDC states that wearing a facemask will not protect the public from the disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. The LTDHD provided the following tips to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever, coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing. To avoid close contact, stay at least 6 feet away from others. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. To avoid coughing into your hands, you can cough into your elbow. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Wash your hands often with soap and water for “at least 20 seconds”, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid shaking hands. Community agencies such as (e.g. businesses, faith-organizations) should practice non-contact methods for greeting and other activities that create the opportunity to share germs.
The LTDHD says that adults over the age of 60 and people who have severe chronic medical conditions seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. People in that category should stay at home as much as possible to avoid crowds, make sure they have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case they need to stay home for a prolonged period of time, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
The LTDHD is in constant contact with the Kentucky Department for Public Health for any updates related to the disease. For health alerts, updated guidance documents and links to additional information from the CDC, visit www.ltdhd.com. The public may also call the state call hotline at 1-800-722-5725.