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Woodford County Health Department

Woodford County Health Department

WCHD confirms multiple cases of COVID-19 in Woodford County

Visit our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information regarding confirmed cases:  https://www.facebook.com/woodfordhd/

While the risk to the general public is low, health officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) to identify and notify all those who may have come in contact with the infected individuals. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

 

Additional details about the persons affected cannot be provided due to medical privacy laws.

“At this time, we believe the risk to the general public is low, and as this situation evolves, we will continue to communicate with the CDC, KDPH and the people of Woodford County,” said Cassie Prather, Woodford County Public Health Director. “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, there are everyday preventative actions you can take to help prevent the spread of this virus.”

The health department offers 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).
  • Via 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.

Stay up to date at: www.kycovid19.ky.gov and https://www.facebook.com/woodfordhd/

 

 

KY WIC Participants

Your KY State WIC office would like to clear the air about false information being seen on social media sites.   Your WIC Benefits will not expire early.  Keep your current eWIC card.  Your current eWIC card will be used for future months WIC food benefits.   If you have questions, call your local WIC site or contact our KY WIC Help Desk This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Woodford County Restaurant Update

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced that he plans to order all restaurants in the state to close to dining-in, beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020.

Closing restaurants and bars to in-person service

Gov. Beshear said he will direct restaurants and bars to close, although there will be expectations for drive through and delivery. The Governor urged people to order take out when possible and support local businesses and their employees.

“We are to the point now where this is a step we have to take. I want to thank everyone that stepped up and did this voluntarily,” he said. “We are asking so many people to make sacrifices. It is not lost on me that most of these are small businesses. We are going to do everything we can to be there for you. We realize the impact this will have and we will be there for you.”

Program Modification Update

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, our office will be open but will only be taking phone calls and answering emails. We will be providing essential services in-person, on an as-needed basis.  Our focus is shifting to provide information to our healthcare community, provide resource management for the county, and provide epidemiological investigations. 

We will do our best to maintain as many services as possible via telephone. If you are a participant of WIC or HANDS, please call us for additional guidance on how we can serve you in a way that protects your safety and wellbeing. Other services will be evaluated on an individual basis, and we will do our best to make them available as needed. We will offer as many services as possible while keeping limited contact with our clients.

The environmental office will be open on Monday mornings (until further notice) from 8-9:30 am while the plumbing inspector is open. Otherwise, please call and leave a message.  At this time, we will be focusing on investigating complaints. 

We are working diligently with CDC and the Department for Public Health to keep Woodford County healthy and safe. Please understand that we will do our best to make necessary services available to our community while also protecting the health of our staff. 

Our phone number is (859) 873-4541.  We can also be contacted via Facebook.  Please be patient and understanding. We are all trying to figure out how to work under these unusual circumstances. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Important Precaution:

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 local health department to describe your symptoms and any recent travels before you go to any healthcare facility.  Staying home will prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation

 

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow this link to help prevent the disease from spreading  to people in your home and community.  You may also visit www.kycovid19.ky.gov or call 1-800-722-5725.

 

Contact the Woodford County Health Department with further questions.  859-873-4541.

 

Harm Reduction Syringe Exchange Program

The Woodford County Heatlh Department offers a Harm Reduction Syringe Exchange Program.  Syringe Exchange Programs (SEP) are central to reducing disease and other health burdens among people who inject illicit drugs.  Three decades of research have demonstrated the effectiveness of SEPs in preventing HIV and other blood-bourne infections, as well as connecting people who inject drugs with a range of vital medical and social services and supports.  This service is available during regular business hours. For more information, please call 859-873-4541.

 

Kentucky's Health Benefit Exchange   https://Kyenroll.ky.gov  

Phone:   1-855-4kynect   (1-855-459-6328)

Mosquito Bite Protection and ZIKA Information from CDC HERE

BOIL WATER ADVISORY Information:

For up to date information on any current boil water advisories please check with City of Versailles Website.

South Woodford Water District: 859-873-1308

North East Woodford Water District: 859-873-7334

Welcome to the Woodford County Health Department

Mission: The Woodford County Health Department will protect, preserve and promote the health, environment and well being of the people in Woodford County. In order to accomplish this it is necessary that we control communicable disease, encourage healthy lifestyles, provide preventive screenings and reduce hazards in the environment. These are the goals to which we strive.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 12:00 Noon

Environmental Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 9:30 am and 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Friday - 8:00 am - 9:30 am

By appointment only.  Please call Barrett Schoeck's cell @ 859-753-8119

Plumbing Inspector hours will be

Monday 8:00am - 9:30am starting March 16th, 2020

2020 Board of Health Meeting Date 
(5:30 pm health dept conference room)

  • February 20
  • June 11
  • August 13
  • November 12

 

 

 

 

 

 
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