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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). 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.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed 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, children under 12 year of age cannot receive the vaccine. 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. You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Click here to read the updated facial covering requirements. Visit the CDC website for more information.

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.

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.