First Madison County Coronavirus Case Confirmed

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The Madison County Health Department confirmed a case of COVID-19 (2019 novel
coronavirus) in Madison County. While the risk to the general public is low, health officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the person. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

The patient is currently in isolation at Baptist Health Richmond. Recommended precautions are being taken to protect the patient and staff. The medical team is evaluating and monitoring the progress of this patient in close collaboration with the local and state health officials and the CDC.

The patient is a resident of Madison County. Additional details about the person cannot be provided because of medical privacy laws.

“We believe the risk to the public is low, and as this situation evolves, we will continue to communicate with the CDC, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and the people of Madison County,” said Madison County Health Department Director Nancy Crewe. “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As we continue to recommend, there are everyday preventative actions you can take to help
prevent the spread of this virus.

Also, continue to adhere to Governor Andy Beshear’s social distancing guidelines and watch his regular press conferences on his Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/GovAndyBeshear/) and television for updates on COVID-19.”

The health department offered these tips:
• 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.

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.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, dry cough or shortness of breath. Individuals who are
experiencing symptoms should first contact their local health department or health care provider. A state
hotline 1-800-722-5725 is available to help Kentuckians who have questions or need help. For more
information visit www.kycovid19.ky.gov