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400 Professional Avenue

Winchester, KY 40391

Phone: 859-744-4482

Fax: 859-744-0338


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact Information: Rebecca.Kissick@ky.gov

859-744-4482 Ext. 1030 OR

Jenniferh.gulley@ky.gov

859-744-4482 Ext. 1036


Health Officials Confirm Additional Cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

in Clark County

WINCHESTER, KY. (March 26, 2020) – Officials with the Clark County Health Department are reporting two additional cases of COVID-19 in Clark County. These cases include, a 70-year old female and a 72-year old male. Health officials are working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to identify and speak with all those who may have come in close contact with these individuals while contagious.

 

In accordance with medical privacy laws, additional details regarding these patients cannot be provided.

 

Senior adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for complications of COVID-19. The CDC recommends the following for people over the age of 60 and anyone with heart, lung or kidney disease, cancer or diabetes:

·Stay at home as much as possible.

·Make sure you have access to medications and supplies in case you are advised to stay home.

·When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.

·Avoid crowds.

 

A state hotline 1.800.722.5725 is available to help Kentuckians who have questions or need help. To stay current on the latest information, visit the state’s website at kycovid19.ky.gov and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.  Be sure to find us on Facebook at Clark County Health Department.

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Press Release

 


400 Professional Avenue

Winchester, KY 40391

Phone: 859-744-4482

Fax: 859-744-0338


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      

Contact Information: Rebecca.Kissick@ky.gov

859-744-4482 Ext. 1030 OR

Jenniferh.gulley@ky.gov

859-744-4482 Ext. 1036


Third Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease Case Confirmed in Clark County

WINCHESTER, KY. (March 23, 2020) –Officials from the Clark County Health Department are reporting another case of COVID-19, the county’s third in 8 days.The third case, a 33-year-old male, was confirmed by a private lab. Health officials are working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to identify and speak with all those who may have come in close contact with the person while they were contagious. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

 

Additional details about the person cannot be provided because of medical privacy laws.

 

According to Becky Kissick, Clark County Public Health Director, after notification of a case of COVID-19, like any other reportable disease, health department epidemiology staff interviews the "case,” which includes identification of individuals that the case was in contact with during the period in which the case was infectious (able to passes the virus to others). Health Department staff then interview each contact to assess level of exposure, presence of any signs and symptoms, and to provide instructions, which may include recommendations for isolation (if sick with symptoms) or quarantine (exposed but well).

"At this time, it is important that everyone follow the recommendations of Governor Andy Beshear and Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Stack, to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Kissick. She reminders citizens that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed and continues to reinforce the following guidelines:

·Avoid community gatherings, no matter how small.

·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.

  • 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.”

 

Yesterday, Governor Andy Beshear announced two new actions in the fight against COVID-19. First, as of 8 pm today, March 23rd, non-essential retail businesses are to close. This does not include grocery stores, pharmacy, drug stores, gas stations or auto repair/parts. Non-essential retail businesses can provide delivery and curb-side service but people cannot go into the stores. Secondly, as of today, the Governor is mandating that no elective procedures can be performed.

Additionally, Governor Beshear called on Kentuckians to be diligent and resilient. He said, "Every person that doesn't follow the guidelines undermines the sacrifice that others are making.....Don't be the person that thinks you are the exception." The full press release is available at https://governor.ky.gov/news.

 

Senior adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for complications of COVID-19. The CDC recommends the following for people over the age of 60 and anyone with heart, lung or kidney disease, cancer or diabetes:

·Stay at home as much as possible.

·Make sure you have access to medications and supplies in case you are advised to stay home.

·When you got out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.

·Avoid crowds.

 

A state hotline 1.800.722.5725 is available to help Kentuckians who have questions or need help. To stay current on the latest information, visit the state’s website at kycovid19.ky.gov and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html. Be sure to find us on Facebook at Clark County Health Department.


 

Press Release


400 Professional Avenue
Winchester, KY 40391
Phone: 859-744-4482
Fax: 859-744-0338

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Contact Information:                                                                                                                  Rebecca.Kissick@ky.gov
                                                     859-744-4482 Ext. 1030 OR
                                                Jenniferh.gulley@ky.gov
                                               859-744-4482 Ext. 1036

Health Officials Confirm Clark County’s Second Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19) Case

WINCHESTER, KY. (March 18, 2020) – – Officials from the Clark County Health Department are reporting
Clark County’s second case of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) confirmed by the state lab. Health
officials are working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to identify and speak with all
those who may have come in close contact with the person while they were contagious. These
individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

Additional details about this individual cannot be provided because of medical privacy laws.
To help answer the community’s questions about COVID-19, the Clark County Health Department, City
of Winchester and County Officials will be hosting a Facebook live session at 6pm on March 19, 2020
from the Clark County Health Department page. WWKY will also feature community information on COVID-19 each week day at 12:15PM.
A state hotline 1-800-722-5725 is available to help Kentuckians who have questions or need help. To stay
current on the latest information, visit the state’s website at kycovid19.ky.gov and
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html. Be sure to find us on Facebook at Clark County Health
Department.
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KY WIC Participants

KY WIC Participants:

Your KY State WIC office would like to clear the air about false information being seen on social media sites.   Your WIC Benefits will not expire early.  Keep your current eWIC card.  Your current eWIC card will be used for future months WIC food benefits.   If you have questions, call your local WIC site or contact our KY WIC Help Desk WIC.Helpdesk@ky.gov.


Community Classes Canceled

Per the recommendations from Governor Beshear, the Clark County Health Department will be cancelling all community classes at this time.  If you have any questions, please give us a call at (859)744-4482.

Press Release


400 Professional Avenue

Winchester, KY  40391

Phone:  859-744-4482

Fax:  859-744-0338

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  Contact Information: Rebecca.Kissick@ky.gov

                                                                                                                                                      859-744-4482 Ext. 1030 OR

                                                                                                                                                      Jenniferh.gulley@ky.gov

                                                                                                                                                      859-744-4482 Ext. 1036

 

Health Officials Confirm Clark County’s First Coronavirus Disease 2019

(COVID-19) Case

 

WINCHESTER, KY. (March 15, 2020) –Officials from the Clark County Health Department are reporting Clark County’s first case of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) confirmed by the state lab. Health officials are working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to identify and speak with all those who may have come in close contact with the person while they were contagious. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.  There are currently 20 confirmed cases in Kentucky.

                                                                                                                                            

Additional details about the person cannot be provided because of medical privacy laws.

 

"Our team is working closely with DPH and has initiated a contact investigation. We believe the risk to the public is low and as this situation evolves, we will continue to communicate with DPH, our partners and the people of Clark County,” said Becky Kissick, Clark County Health Department Director. "The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. For this reason, we are urging our citizens to follow the recommendations of our Governor to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

·         Avoid community gatherings, no matter how small.

·         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.

  • 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.”

 

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).
  • By 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.

 

Senior adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for complications of COVID-19. The CDC recommends the following for people over the age of 60 and anyone with heart, lung or kidney disease, cancer or diabetes:

·         Stay at home as much as possible.

·         Make sure you have access to medications and supplies in case you are advised to stay home.

·         When you got out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.

·         Avoid crowds.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough or shortness of breath. To ensure that the sickest people receive care, help minimize the spread of infection and maintain resources, please follow the guidelines below when considering whether to seek medical care.

·         If you are worried-well, please stay home. Going to a hospital or doctor’s office adds to a higher concentration of people and further overwhelms medical staff.

·         If you are ill, but would not have sought care if not for COVID-19, do not seek care at an ER, hospital or doctor’s office.  If you want advice, call the Kentucky state hotline (1-800-722-5725) or call your local healthcare provider.

·         If you are sick and feel you have an emergency, please call your doctor or seek medical care.  Hospitals and medical staff across the Commonwealth stand ready to serve you.

 

State health officials do not recommend testing for individuals who do not have symptoms.

 

A state hotline 1.800.722.5725 is available to help Kentuckians who have questions or need help. To stay current on the latest information, visit the state’s website at  kycovid19.ky.gov and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html. Be sure to find us on Facebook at Clark County Health Department.

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Press Release

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR ANDY BESHEAR

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Crystal Staley
502.545.3714


Sebastian Kitchen
502.330.0799

502.564.2611

Gov. Beshear Provides Guidance on Public Events, Schools, Prisons as State Continues Preparations and Response to COVID-19
Gov. Beshear urges cooperation to protect Kentuckians, stop spread of COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 11, 2020) – Governor Andy Beshear announced more decisive action and preparations on Wednesday to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

"We know this is community spread and we need to get ahead of it,” Gov. Beshear said. "It is important for everybody out there to be calm, practice good hygiene and reduce the risk of exposure for themselves and others.”

Actions and preparations announced by Gov. Beshear on Wednesday include:

  • Instructed school districts to be prepared to close on short notice, as short as 72 hours.
  • Closed all state prisons to visitors.
  • Encouraged every individual in Kentucky, in particular those over 60 and those with chronic medical conditions, to do what they can to avoid large gatherings and minimize time in groups and public spaces.
  • Cancelled the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast out of an abundance of caution.
  • Asked places of worship to cancel services temporarily due to the proximity .
  • Suspended out-of-state travel for state employees.
  • Urged more businesses to allow employees to tele-commute and to provide paid sick leave.
  • Asked people to spread out in meeting and work spaces by increasing distance between seats and taking other similar actions.

Gov. Beshear said the actions and directions are proactive to prevent the spread and to protect Kentuckians, particularly those at higher risk, including those over 60 or with chronic health conditions including heart, lung or kidney disease.

"These steps we recommend are not made lightly,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH). "Please work with us to make them effective.”

Gov. Beshear, who faithfully attends church with his family, said he knows asking houses of worship to cancel services is a big step and some people will disagree, but he and Dr. Stack said they are urging this action because of the close proximity to others in houses of worship, the communal activities and close interaction, and because many attendees are members of high-risk populations.

"I believe God gives us wisdom to protect each other and we should do that. I believe that it is our job to offer those protections,” Gov. Beshear said.

The Governor has briefed state lawmakers and all 120 county judges. He will also update jailers and school superintendents.

"Every action Gov. Beshear and his cabinet secretaries have taken is because we care deeply about the health and welfare of our people,” said Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble.

Eight people in Kentucky have tested positive including five in Harrison County, two from Fayette and one from Jefferson. There are connections between the five Harrison County cases. All eight people are in isolation, four in medical facilities and four at home.

In Kentucky, the state has received results for 54 cases with 46 of those being negative. Eighteen of the 20 results received Tuesday were negative.

Gov. Beshear, Dr. Stack, Secretary Noble and Eric Friedlander, acting secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, briefed Kentuckians at the Capitol on Wednesday morning on the latest developments and the response of state and local government.

Beginning weeks before the virus was found in the Commonwealth, state and local officials collaborated to prepare for COVID-19 and are now working together to respond.

Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action to prepare and respond to COVID-19. Friday, immediately after confirmation of the first case, Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency to ensure the state has every resource available to respond. Saturday, he issued an executive order to prohibit price gouging. Monday, the Governor issued an executive order to waive copays, deductibles, cost-sharing and diagnostic testing fees for private insurance and state employees. The Governor is also telling providers to expand their networks to patients that may go outside their normal providers.

Tuesday, Gov. Beshear announced strong actions to protect the state’s most vulnerable populations by limiting visitation to senior care and long-term care facilities. Gov. Beshear also signed an executive order to allow pharmacies to refill prescriptions for up to 30 days to ensure those vulnerable communities or those who need to self-isolate will have their needed prescriptions. His action will also allow, if necessary, pharmacies to operate at locations other than those designated on their permits to make sure people have access to necessary medication.

The State Health Operations Center is activated at level one – fully activated – and the State Emergency Operations Center is also activated.

More information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people to follow these
steps to prevent illness. People can find regular updates and resources including more information about when to seek medical attention and course of action for those in counties with positive cases at kycovid19.ky.gov. They are also urged to visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for up-to-date information. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 1.800.722.5725 or call their local health care provider.

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For official news and updates from the Beshear/Coleman administration, visit governor.ky.gov/news.

Press Release


OFFICE OF GOVERNOR ANDY BESHEAR

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Crystal Staley
502.545.3714


Sebastian Kitchen
502.330.0799

502.564.2611

Gov. Beshear Confirms Two More COVID-19 Cases in Harrison County Bringing Kentucky Total to Eight
Five Harrison County residents have tested positive

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2020)– Governor Andy Beshear confirmed two more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), both in Harrison County, Tuesday night, bringing the total in Kentucky to eight.  All eight are in isolation.

"As we continue to prepare and respond, everybody should remain calm and know we are ready for this,” Gov. Beshear said. "Our local health departments are ready for this. The state is ready for this. We will get through this and we will get through this together. When we take a step that creates difficulty and disrupts our lives, understand that it is to protect our fellow citizens.”

In Kentucky, the state has received results for 54 cases with 46 of those being negative. Eighteen of the 20 results received Tuesday were negative.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, five people have tested positive from Harrison County, two from Fayette and one from Jefferson. There are connections between the five Harrison County cases.

Gov. Beshear and Eric Friedlander, acting secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, briefed Kentuckians at the Capitol on Tuesday night after receiving the latest test results. The Governor will brief Kentuckians at 9 a.m. Wednesday about the latest developments and the response of state and local government.

Of the eight cases:

Harrison County: three females, 27, 54 and 67; two males, 60 and 68

Fayette County: both males, ages 46 and 49

Jefferson County: 69-year-old male

Earlier Tuesday, Gov. Beshear, Friedlander and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), announced strong actions to protect the state’s most vulnerable populations by limiting visitation to senior care and long-term care facilities. Gov. Beshear also signed an executive order to allow pharmacies to refill prescriptions for up to 30 days to ensure those vulnerable communities or those who need to self-isolate will have their needed prescriptions. His action will also allow, if necessary, pharmacies to operate at locations other than those designated on their permits to make sure people have access to necessary medication.

Nancy Galvagni of the Kentucky Hospital Association, Tim Veno of Leading Age Kentucky, Betsy Johnson, president of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, and Dr. Brent Wright, president of the Kentucky Medical Association, joined Gov. Beshear, Dr. Stack and Mr. Friedlander at the Capitol on Tuesday morning to talk about their preparedness, their response and how organizations are working together at all levels to better protect Kentuckians.

Beginning weeks before the virus was found in the Commonwealth, state and local officials collaborated to prepare for COVID-19 and are now working together to respond.

Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action to prepare and respond to COVID-19. On Friday, immediately after confirmation of the first case, Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency to ensure the state has every resource available to respond. On Saturday, he issued an executive order to prohibit price gouging. On Monday, the Governor issued an executive order to waive copays, deductibles, cost-sharing and diagnostic testing fees for private insurance and state employees. The Governor is also telling providers to expand their network to patients that may go outside their normal providers.

The State Health Operations Center is activated at level one – fully activated – and the State Emergency Operations Center is also activated.

People can click here to read a release and watch video of Gov. Beshear, Dr. Stack, Mr. Friedlander and local leaders providing information to Kentuckians earlier Tuesday.

More information
People can find regular updates and resources including more information about when to seek medical attention and course of action for those in counties with positive cases at 
kycovid19.ky.gov. They are also urged to visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for up-to-date information. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 1.800.722.5725 or call their local health care provider.

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For official news and updates from the Beshear/Coleman administration, visit governor.ky.gov/news.