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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Jessamine County COVID-19 Reported Cases = 18

Updated 4/3 at 2:00 PM

10 Jessamine County COVID-19 Cases Reported in One Week (3/27)

First COVID-19 Case Reported in Jessamine County (3/21)

Two New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Jessamine County (3/23)

COVID-19 Questions? Hotline number is 1-800-722-5725

Kentucky’s Response to COVID-19

Executive Order (3/22): Retail Business Closure Guidance

Executive Order (3/19): All mass gatherings are prohibited

Executive Order (3/16): Restaurant & Bar Closure Guidance
carry-out, delivery and drive-thru allowed at this time

Local & National COVID-19 Resources

Everyone needs to comply with social distancing recommendations to prevent the spread of this illness. Complete this form if you believe these recommended practices are not being followed in the community.

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

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) and Public Health officials are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. We do know that 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

**If you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to a country with community spread and developed a fever or respiratory symptoms, isolate yourself from others in your home and contact the Kentucky Department for Public Health at (502) 564-3261 before seeking medical care.**

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, 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 that face masks should only be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19, health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility) to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • 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 preparing for COVID-19?
The CDC advises that more cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the US. Protecting the public’s health is priority at the Jessamine County Health Department (JCHD). The Health Department’s internal team is busy reviewing our preparedness plans, in order to address any potential outbreak in our county, should that occur. As standard practice, the Regional Epidemiologist and internal Epidemiology Rapid Response Team are always on alert and ready to tackle any reportable disease outbreaks, including COVID-19 or the flu.

With guidance from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), the Health Department has been working 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 on alert for identification and isolation of any possible cases of COVID-19. Healthcare workers have also been given information about when and how to contact public health officials if a case of COVID-19 is suspected.

What Specific Populations need to know:

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

For information on how you can prepare now, click here.
Visit here to find out what to do if you get sick.
Find out how you can support older adults in your family and community here.

At the recommendation of Governor Andy Beshear and in a coordinated effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, Jessamine County Schools joined school districts across Kentucky in the decision to close schools for an extended period. A two to three week closure has been recommended and the Jessamine County School District will be closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 through the end of our scheduled spring break on Friday, April 3rd, with a plan to return to school on Monday, April 6th. (See the letter from Superintendent Matt Moore, March 12, 2020)

To prepare for possible community transmission of COVID-19, the most important thing for schools to do now is plan and prepare. As the global outbreak evolves, schools should prepare for the possibility of community-level outbreaks. Schools want to be ready if COVID-19 does appear in their communities.

Childcare and K-12 school administrators  can take steps to help stop or slow the spread of respiratory infectious diseases, including COVID-19:

    • Review, update, and implement emergency operations plans (EOPs).
    • Develop information-sharing systems with partners.
    • Monitor and plan for absenteeism.
    • Establish procedures for students and staff who are sick at school.
    • Perform routine environmental cleaning.
    • Create communications plans for use with the school community.

For additional measures, visit CDC’s Interim Guidance for Administrators page.

Social distancing is key to keeping all Kentuckians safe. It is recommended that businesses utilize telecommuting and allow employees to work from home if possible. If employees must continue to work and cannot do so from home, use these recommended strategies:

    • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
    • Maintain social distancing (6 feet apart).
    • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
    • Perform routine environmental cleaning.
    • Avoid all non-essential travel. Advise employees before traveling to take certain precautions.

Order for Public-Facing Businesses (March 17, 2020)

Resources:
“Do not enter if sick” sign
“Do not enter if sick” sign (Spanish)

For additional measures, visit CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers page.

Healthcare personnel (HCP) are on the front lines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible infection with COVID-19 and therefore have an increased risk of exposure to this virus. HCPs can minimize their risk of exposure when caring for confirmed or possible COVID-19 patients by following CDC infection prevention and control guidelines for:

  • Persons Under Investigation (PUI)
  • Clinical Care
  • Infection Control
  • Supply of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Home Care

For specific guidelines, visit CDC’s Information for Healthcare Professionals page.

There is not currently information from published scientific reports about susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19. Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes which might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported, including in very young children. There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. More information about children and pregnant women and COVID-19 is available here.

Restaurant and Bar Closure Executive Order
carry-out, delivery and drive-thru allowed at this time

JCHD Retail Food Establishment Guidelines

COVID-19 Food Service Resources:

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)

Webpage Updated April 3, 2020. Note: JCHD will update this webpage regularly as new information becomes available.