Jessamine County COVID-19 Reported Cases = 153
Updated 7/14 at 2:00 PM
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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.*
- Shortness of breath
- 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 or register online for our drive-thru COVID-19 testing.**
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 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 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:
- Older Adults/High Risk
- Employers & Businesses
- Healthcare Workers
- Pregnant Women & Children
- Food Managers
Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Below is information for specific high-risk populations:
See Jessamine County Schools’ plans for reopening for Fall 2020 (Released July 9, 2020).
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.
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
COVID-19 Food Service Resources:
- Take-out & Delivery Guidance
- FDA Frequently Asked Questions
- USDA FAQs, Actions to Respond, Additional Resources
- CDC Guidance on Cleaning & Sanitizing (if you have an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19)
For more information, please visit the following webpages:
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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