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LATEST COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION
UPDATE REGARDING J&J VACCINE
April 23, 2021

Pursuant to FDA and CDC guidance on April 23, 2021 vaccinators in KY may resume administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine consistent with the Johnson & Johnson FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).  View EUA Here

Eligibility for our initial vaccinations (Johnson & Johnson and Moderna) has expanded to those 18 years of age or older. 

Our office is currently receiving small shipments of COVID-19 vaccines weekly. 

At this time our office is providing both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson initial vaccinations on a Same Day Scheduling Basis.  Call our office Monday-Friday beginning at 8am to schedule your Same Day Appointment (606-864-5187 or 606-878-7754).

Locally, Baptist Health Corbin is offering vaccines for this group and can be contacted at 606-526-4990 or at https://scheduleyourvaccine.com.  

For a list of other vaccination sites within Laurel County and surrounding counties, click here

There are several other sites statewide that are offering vaccines at this time.  You can view a list of those at this website:  https://govstatus.egov.com/kentucky-vaccine-map

We encourage you to please follow our Facebook Page and website for any updates regarding our distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.  If you do not have access to our Facebook or Website, you may call our office at 606-864-5187.  Please be mindful that we are taking an excessive amount of calls and our phone lines may be busy.

LCHD SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE LIMITED DUE TO COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

Due to COVID-19 Vaccine administration, our normal health department services are limited during this time.

COVID-19 INVESTIGATIONS AND CONTACT TRACING:

Our team will still be conducting COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing.  You will need to contact the disease investigator working your case at the number they provide to you.  You MAY NOT be able to reach them by contacting the health department direct line. We also MAY NOT be taking general COVID-19 calls during certain hours.  If you are a close contact and are in quarantine, you will need to contact the disease investigator who is working the case of the positive individual you were in contact with.  The positive case should be able to provide you with the name of the disease investigator.

WIC SERVICES:

We will be providing limited WIC services during this time.  We will prioritize providing WIC services for participants who are adding new babies and pregnant women wanting to be added to the program.  We will also provide formula changes (with appropriate documentation) and WIC participants whose benefits have expired and cannot be renewed without an appointment.

You may call our office at 606-864-5187 Ext 221 beginning at 8am during to inquire about WIC services.  Please keep in mind that our phone lines get extremely busy during the day.  If you are unable to get through, please continue to call back.

ALL OTHER CLINIC SERVICES WILL BE SUSPENDED DURING THIS TIME.  

If you are in need of STD Testing & Treatment, you may contact Grace Health Mt. View Clinic at 606-877-2850. If you are unable to find testing and treatment at another location, you may contact our office.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we are working to vaccinate our community with limited capacity.  We will continue to provide updates on COVID-19 vaccinations as we receive additional doses.

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The Laurel County Health Department provides a late clinic one evening per month during the months of April through October for limited services. The clinic remains open until 6pm during this time. For more information on when late clinics occur, contact the health department at 606-878-7754.

Monday-Friday 8:00am to 9:30am

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am to 9:30am

HEALTH DEPT HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

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During the winter months, any closings or delays will be posted to our Laurel County Health Department Facebook Page.

Reporting Public Health Emergencies After Hours

For public health emergencies occurring outside of normal business hours, please contact the appropriate authorities or seek the necessary medical attention. Law enforcement, local first responders, local hospitals and health care providers have after hours contact information for Health Department staff and will make the necessary contacts.

London Police Dept

606-878-7004

Laurel County Sheriff's office

606-864-6600

Kentucky State Police Post 11

606-878-6622

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606-330-6000

Reporting COVID-19 Cases

Suspected, probable, and confirmed cases of COVID-19 should be reported to the local health department in the county in which the patient resides. When the county is unknown, cases should be reported to the state health department.  Reporting should be performed using the Kentucky Reportable Disease Form  which should be filled out as accurately and completely as possible and forwarded to the health department within 24 hours of identification.  This is essential for rapid case investigation, contact tracing and exclusion of sick and exposed individuals from the population to reduce the spread of disease and prevent further morbidity and mortality.  COVID-19-related deaths and cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) Potentially Associated with COVID-19 should also be reported.

During Operating Hours Staff can be reached for reporting or for consultation using the information below:

Phone: 606-878-7754
Fax: 606-864-8295

Email (if providing patient identifying information, please make sure email is secure before sending):

Gabriella Hodges,
Regional Epidemiologist 
gabriellak.hodges@ky.gov

Carolee Epperson
Infection Control Nurse caroleeb.epperson@ky.gov

After Hours Reporting:

Kentucky Department for Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning

Phone: 1-888-973-7678 or 1-502-564-3418
Fax: 1-502-696-3803

*The Kentucky Department for Public Health will contact the local public health authorities regarding after hours reports

Physicians, hospitals, and laboratories report communicable diseases as required by 902 KAR 2:020 to the Epidemiology unit of the health department. Qualified health department staff persons provide investigation of the cases and report the communicable diseases to the state office which reports to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medical providers, hospitals, or laboratories who are reporting a communicable disease can download and fill out the Kentucky Reportable Disease (EPID 200) Form.

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