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Jessamine County Reported Cases = 4,561

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For the latest updates from Kentucky Department for Public Health, visit www.kycovid19.ky.gov

Everyone needs to comply with public health guidelines (i.e. social distance, masks) to prevent the spread of this illness. Complete the form above if you believe these guidelines are not being followed in the community.

What is a novel (new) coronavirus “COVID-19”?
The new virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been identified as a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person (similar to the flu)

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through 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.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Diarrhea
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

**If you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms, isolate yourself from others in your home and contact your primary care physician.**

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
There are vaccines available to prevent COVID-19, however, supply is currently limited and a phased approach is being implemented. 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:

    • AVOID close contact with people who are sick.
    • 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.
    • CLEAN and DISINFECT frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • CDC recommends wearing CLOTH FACE COVERINGS to slow spread of COVID-19 in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) esp. in areas of significant community-based transmission. Wearing a mask of any sort does NOT replace state-required social distancing measures, including maintaining a >6–10 feet distance from other people. The cloth face coverings recommended to slow spread of COVID-19 are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those critical supplies MUST continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
    • 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.

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, enforcement, disease investigation, contact tracing 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.