The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) is responding actively to the COVID-19 situation. Our State Health Operations Center is operating at Level 1, its highest activation level. This respiratory disease was first detected in a Kentucky resident on March 6, 2020.
Social Distancing is being encouraged from all levels of our govenerment. Social distancing is the term applied to certain actions that are taken by Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a high contagious disease, COVID-19.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health has prepared this Social Distancing Information Sheet, which recommends avoiding "close contact" with others by staying "at least 6 feet away from others." It is recommended that you avoid playdates, parties, sleepovers, or families/friends visiting each other's houses.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all your surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Here's what to do if you are sick.
If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, isolate yourself from others in your home and contact your healthcare provider or the local health department to describe your symptoms and any recent travel before you go to the healthcare facility.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Uncertainty leads to anxiety. Follow these tips to maintain your mental health and reduce anxiety. Please seek professional help if needed. For more information, visit the CDC guidance for managing anxiety and stress.