Press Release – November 19, 2020 – Surge in COVID-19 Cases Strains Local Public Health Resources: Contact tracing prioritized
Excerpt from the above press release (to view the full press release click the link above): “Because of the rapidly increasing numbers of COVID-19, health professionals that perform contact tracing are being overwhelmed. Mark Hensley, Director of the Laurel County Health Department announced on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 that due to the epidemic that has exceeded the public health system capacity to conduct contact tracing that adaptions are being made. Laurel County Health Department will continue to prioritize disease surveillance, but the public is being asked to help. A person that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should notify all family, friends, coworkers, and any others who may have been exposed to self-quarantine for 14 days. The Laurel County Health Department will provide printed guidance for both individuals infected or exposed to COVID-19.”
COVID-19 CASE UPDATES
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We are reporting 44 new cases today, 1 of which is hospitalized. 1 of today’s cases is within a congregate setting.
We have 1 death to report today. This death occurred on 11/4/20. After review at the state-level, it has been determined to be a COVID-19 related death. This brings our total deaths to 26.
Here is a breakdown of today’s cases
Friday (1/15/21) – 44 cases
- 21 males
- 23 females
Age breakdown of cases
<18 years old – 8 cases
18-30 years old – 8 cases
31-40 years old – 5 cases
41-50 years old – 7 cases
51-60 years old – 2 cases
61-70 years old – 6 cases
71-80 years old – 6 cases
>80 years old – 2 cases
Please Note: The testing numbers above are updated one time per week (typically on Monday)
**LAUREL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS NOW PROVIDING COVID-19 TESTING**
Testing is available Monday-Wednesday from 9am-3pm
Appointment slots are limited and are made on a Same Day Scheduling Basis.
We begin taking calls for testing appointments at 8am. Please call 606-878-7754.
Click the flyer to the right for more information.
MOBILE OUTREACH UNIT TESTING
Testing performed on Tuesdays from 9am-2pm
Mobile Testing Location for 9/8/20 – Laurel County Farmers Market
Statewide testing locations can be found at: www.kycovid19.ky.gov
Contact the KY COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725 if you have questions. Contact your primary care provider if you are sick and would normally go to the doctor. Follow the guidelines below for when to seek medical care.
GENERAL COVID-19 RESOURCES
COVID-19 Updates and Information in Other Languages
- COVID-19 Information by Language – Multiple Languages Available
- COVID-19 24/7 Parenting resources in 70 languages
- Updates and Information Provided by the City of Lexington and UK Healthcare is available in multiple languages. These can be found on the right-hand side of the page. City of Lexington Website
- COVID-19 Prevención en Español -PROTEJA A SU COMUNIDAD Y A USTED
HEALTH DEPARTMENT SERVICES DURING COVID-19
At this time, Laurel County Health Department is CLOSED to the general public. We do continue to provide the following essential services:
STD Testing & Treatment
TB patients requiring DOT
New WIC certifications
Most WIC services are being provided over the phone. For more information about WIC, CLICK HERE
If you need one of the services listed above,
please call our office at 606-864-5187.
DO NOT WALK IN.
If you are told to come to the clinic for your visit, please call us from your vehicle once you arrive.
Guidance will be provided on when you need to enter the building.
HARM REDUCTION SERVICES
Our Syringe Exchange Program is still operating on Thursday from 2-4pm at the back of the building.
If you have questions about accessing this program,
please call 606-864-5187.
If you are in need of Environmental Services, please contact our Environmental Office at 606-878-0499 to see if that service is being provided at this time.
Please do not come to the environmental office without calling first.
Until further notice there will be no new permits issued for food service, retail/food markets, retail stores, hotels/motels, swimming pools, tattoo/body piercing studios, ear piercing studios, mobile home parks, farmers markets, septic tank cleaners, boarding homes, youth camps and tanning bed facilities. To help better serve our community during this state emergency these services have been suspended until further notice.
REOPENING THE KENTUCKY ECONOMY
All entities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky shall comply with minimum requirements attached to, and fully adopted and incorporated by reference in this order (above). The minimum requirements for all businesses can be found at https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work