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Jessamine County Reported Cases = 17,113

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. The virus is part of the coronavirus family, which include common viruses that cause a variety of diseases from head or chest colds to more severe (but more rare) diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, nose, or mouth. In some circumstances they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected. COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:

    • Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
    • Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
    • Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you should isolate immediately and consider getting a COVID-19 test. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

**Seek emergency medical care if you experience chest pain, blue or gray lips/finger nails, or difficulty staying awake.**

 

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

There are vaccines available to prevent COVID-19, however, children under 12 year of age cannot receive the vaccine at this time. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. JCHD always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

 

    • GET VACCINATED as soon as you can.
    • WEAR A MASK – If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 years or older, or you are in an area of substantial or high transmission regardless of vaccination status, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
    • STAY 6 FEET AWAY from people who don’t live in your household or symptomatic household members.
    • AVOID CROWDS AND POORLY VENTILATED SPACES
    • 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.
    • COVER COUGHS AND SNEEZES
    • CLEAN AND DISINFECT high touch surfaces daily, especially if someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • MONITOR YOUR HEALTH DAILYBe alert for symptoms and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines

You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible, as shown below.

  • Getting a second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time.
  • The recommendations will be different depending on your age, your health status, what vaccine you first received, and when you first got vaccinated.
  • CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster. Some people can receive two boosters.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have specific COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, including recommendations for a booster. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
  • Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when you can get boosters to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The following COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to follow data related to vaccine effectiveness and safety, waning immunity, and protection against variants.

Learn more by clicking here.

How is Jessamine County responding to COVID-19?

Protecting the public’s health and safety is priority at the Jessamine County Health Department (JCHD). The Health Department’s internal Department Operations Center (DOC) team is busy responding to all aspects of COVID-19, including: planning, communications, disease investigation, vaccination, and logistics. As of January 25, 2021 JCHD transitioned away from drive-thru testing to primarily focus on vaccination efforts.

With guidance from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), the Health Department continues to work diligently with local public health partners, including: healthcare workers, long term care facilities, Jessamine County Schools, Emergency Management, law enforcement agencies, Asbury University, among others, to help ensure everyone is informed of the latest COVID-19 guidance.

For more information, please visit the following webpages:
kycovid19.ky.gov
COVID-19 Global Cases Map (Johns Hopkins CSSE – Interactive real-time map outlining confirmed COVID-19 cases)

Note: JCHD will update this webpage regularly as new information becomes available.