Due to COVID-19, our normal health department services may be 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.
We will continue to provide WIC Services, however, depending on staffing, we may prioritize providing WIC services. If WIC services are limited, we will prioritize 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 Monday-Friday 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.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to provide services during these difficult times. We will continue to provide updates on COVID-19 cases, vaccination and testing at our COVID-19 webpage and Facebook page.
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
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.
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.
Kentucky Department for Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning
Phone: 1-888-973-7678 or 1-502-564-3418
*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.