Madison County Health Department Response Team Activated

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Richmond, KY- The Madison County Health Department has a team of staff dedicated to disease investigation. Their focus in recent days has been on COVID-19 Readiness and response.

“This team has been preparing for weeks to respond in the case we received a positive test result in Madison County. Local health care workers and health departments are taking action, behind the scenes,” said Madison County Health Department Director Nancy Crewe.

The health department continues to remind the public of these important actions to take:
• 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 and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.