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Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Returning from an area affected by Coronavius (COVID-19) Next Steps 

 

Food Protection Resources
 

Resturant Safety

USDA FAQs 

 

Excutive Orders from Governor Beshear 

Order to close Public-Facing Businesses  

As of March 18th public-facing businesses that must close include entertainment, hospitality and recreational facilities, community and recreation centers, gyms and exercise facilities, hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues, theaters, and sporting event facilities. 

Guidelines as of March 18th include: 
  • maintain a distance of 6 feet between persons
  • ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, throough handwashing
  • ensuring that employees who are sick remain home 
  • regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces 

 

PRESS RELEASE 

Franklin County Health Department Confirms First Case of COVID-19 in Frankfort , March 18, 2020

 


 

Additional Resources 

www.kycovid19.ky.gov
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
1-800-722-5725 is the community hotline

 

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?

COVID-19 has been confirmed 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.

Are there other kinds of coronavirus?

There are four coronaviruses that commonly circulate each fall and winter. 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.

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). For more information about risk assessment of people with potential exposures to COVID-19, the CDC has developed Assessing & Managing Risk Based on Different Exposures to 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 Lexington-Fayette County Health Department does not have masks to distribute to the public.

How can I disinfect my home or workplace?

Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (such as tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, etc.) using a regular household detergent and water. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection.

Should I cancel my trip?

CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available at the CDC COVID-19 website.

What is the risk of getting COVID-19 on an airplane?

Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contain 60%-95% alcohol.

Is it safe to go on a cruise?

Cruises put large numbers of people, often from countries around the world, in frequent and close contact with each other. This can promote the spread of respiratory viruses, such as the virus that causes COVID-19. You may get sick from close contact with an infected person or by touching contaminated surfaces.

To reduce spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, CDC recommends that crew members and passengers:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • 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 that contains 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Stay in your cabin when you are sick and let the onboard medical center know immediately if you develop a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), begin to feel feverish, or have other symptoms (such as cough, runny nose, shortness of breath or sore throat).

 

 

 FCHD will be closed the following dates   FCHD Board of Health Meetings   
Monday   Jan 20 Martin Luther King Day       Mar 18th 2020  12pm  Building Subcommittee Meeting at FCHD - Public Health Center   
Thursday March 12

Staff Development Day

FCHD CLOSED 

       
Friday April 10  Good Friday, Closed 1/2 day       March 16, 2020         6pm at FCHD - Public Health Center  
Monday May 25 Memorial Day      June 15, 2020           6pm at FCHD - Public Health Center  
Thursday  June 4

Staff Development Meeting 

FCHD Closed 

       
Friday July 3 Independence Day         
Monday Sept 7 Labor Day        
Tuesday Nov 3 Presidential Election Day        
Wednesday Nov 11 Veterans Day        
Thursday Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day        
Friday Nov 27 FCHD Closed         
Thursday  Dec 24 Christmas Eve        
Wednesday Dec 25 Christmas Day        
Thursday Dec 31 New Year's Eve        
Frday  Jan 1,2021 New Year's Day        

 

Our Mission: Prevent. Promote. Protect. Franklin County.
Our Vision: Live. Work. Play. Pray. Healthy!
Our Values: Accountability, Dedication, Empowerment, Equity, Excellence, Flexibility, Integrity, Respect

 

 

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