COVID-19: Information on coronavirus

Additional updated info on COVID-19 as of Saturday, March 7th, 5pm. 

At this time we are not aware of any COVID-19 cases in Boyle Co.

A public hotline has been established in the state of Ky for anyone with questions. The number is: 1-800-722-5725. 

The two websites that I recommend using for info are: 

kycovid19.ky.gov

cdc.gov/coronavirus

Both of these sites have valuable info for individuals, hospital’s, businesses, schools, etc. The ky website is specific for Ky and shows number of cases tested, negative/positive. 

 

Previous posting’s below: 

We know you have plenty of questions about COVID-19, so we’ve collected some of the most common ones we receive to help you know more about the current outbreak. You can read more about COVID-19 here: CDC COVID-19 FAQs.

What is the coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats and bats. Some animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people. Currently, here in Kentucky, there are four coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and causes mild illness, like the common cold.   

Are there any COVID-19 cases in Kentucky?

There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases currently in Kentucky. Some individuals are being monitored for any signs or symptoms because of their recent travel and possible exposure to COVID-19 cases but are not considered people under investigation.

I got a diagnosis of coronavirus. Why are you saying there no cases in Boyle County?

There are four coronaviruses that commonly circulate each fall and winter in Boyle County. These are very different than the new COVID-19 virus that started in China in 2019. A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43 or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Currently, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Boyle County.

How is COVID-19 spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

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

In the United States, spread from person-to-person has occurred only among a few close contacts.  COVID-19 is an emerging disease and there is much more to learn about its transmissibility and severity.

Am I at risk for COVID-19?

Individual risk for COVID-19 is dependent on exposure. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. Under current circumstances, certain people will have an increased risk of infection (i.e. health are workers caring for patients with COVID-19).

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. It is estimated that one may be available sometime in 2021. 

How can I help to protect myself?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, there are everyday preventative actions you can do to help to prevent the spread of this virus.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • 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.

Do you have any masks available?

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The Boyle County Health Department does not have masks to distribute to the public.

 

Want more info?

Link to the Kentucky Website which will be updated as Kentucky documents are developed: 

https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/covid19.aspx

CDC website, which is being updated DAILY (you can also sign up for a weekly email that contains the updated links):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

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Contact Us

Call: (859)-236-2053

Fax: (859)-236-2863

For Medical Emergencies Call: 911

For Health Department Emergencies Call: (859)-583-6123

 

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P.O. Box 398

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