Jessamine County Reported Cases = 7,220
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CDC – Vaccines for COVID-19
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COVID-19 Questions? Hotline number is 1-800-722-5725
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?
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.
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. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- new loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
**If you develop any of these 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, 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:
- 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.
- WEAR A MASK if you are not fully vaccinated and/or where required. Face mask should cover your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others. There are many types of masks you can use to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19. When choosing a mask, choose one that fits snugly.
- 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.
What if I’ve been fully vaccinated?
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna vacccines) or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine). If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses. You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others. If your test is positive, isolate at home for 10 days. 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, enforcement, disease investigation, contact tracing, 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.
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.
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