The Gateway District Health Department is working hard to help protect our communities and respond to the COVID-19 virus that is affecting the world, our nation, and our communities. Kentucky currently has conducted 380 tests with 26 lab confirmed positives. As of March 17 there were no lab reported positive cases in any Gateway County.
The Governor conducts a televised daily press briefing on KET and on Lexington news channels. During this report he provides the latest updates on the number of positive tests received from the lab and the affected counties. The most important thing that we recommend you do is to apply the Governor's recommendations on social distancing, hand-washing, staying home when you are sick, and avoiding large gatherings. We strongly agree with the Governor's recommendations. It will take the actions of every individual to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the pressure on our healthcare system as this crisis evolves. Social distancing as well as closures of schools and other activities are difficult but necessary steps that must be taken to prevent the spread of the virus. While it is comforting that 80% of those affected will recover relatively easily it is still so important for everyone to do all they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If we do this we can reduce the pressure on our healthcare system so they can provide the care for those of us that may experience more severe symptoms and require hospitalization. This will save lives. That is why it is important for individuals, agencies, and businesses take steps now with help from the resources below to be prepared. To that end we urge everyone to learn as much as possible about what they can do as individuals, agencies, and businesses to protect themselves and others. These practices, while simple, do help control the spread of not just the COVID-19 virus but also other viral diseases such as the flu. Please go to the state's COVID-19 website at kycovid19.ky.gov for information on what you can do. Most of the links provided below are from the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov. As your local health department we will do all we can to provide you with the most up to date information available.