The Barren River District Health Department has confirmed a total of 5,834, cases, 4,148 of which have recovered. We have 108 deaths reported from COVID-19. Please note that a decrease in numbers is due to the county of residence or case status being corrected/updated from what was previously reported.
The Barren River District Health Department is accustomed to doing contact tracing as part of our routine communicable disease investigation process. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been conducting contact tracing to slow the spread of the disease in our communities. Contact Tracing is key to safely get back to work while also kick-starting the economy.
Public Health workers reach out to individuals who have COVID-19 to assess their situation, provide helpful resources, and ask about any recent in-person contacts who may have been exposed to the disease.
Recent in-person contacts are notified that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are offered instructions and connected to local resources. Individuals receive follow-up calls to see how they are doing and gather any new information.
By following the instructions provided by Public Health workers, contacts help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save the lives of Kentuckians.
In order to protect patients’ confidentiality, contacts will not be told the identity of the person who may have exposed them. They will be told what they need to do to care for themselves, reduce the risk to others, and protect their communities from any further exposure.
Contact Tracers will never ask for personal financial information, money, or passwords. This confidential statewide system will allow us to follow where a virus may travel ... across county lines or beyond ... so we can warn people and stop further viral spread.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, we must continue to follow recommendations provided by the CDC, the state, and Gov. Andy Beshear.
Practicing social distancing is the most important method for staying healthy. We urge Barren River residents to stay at home, and leave only for essential items such as groceries and medications. When possible, choose online ordering, delivery, and curbside pickup services to obtain these items.
Here are 10 steps to fight COVID-19 from Gov. Beshear:
• Stay healthy at home. Leave only for essential items such as groceries once a week.
• Wear a face mask when in public. Click here to view the mandatory mask executive order from Gov. Beshear.
• Avoid crowds and gatherings. Avoid crowds of any size, including home visits, recreational areas, or crowded shopping locations.
• Practice social distancing. Maintain six feet between yourself and others at all times.
• Know when to seek care. Follow the “When to Seek Care” guidelines.
• Disinfect regularly used surfaces multiple times a day.
• Apply for benefits. Kentucky has expanded unemployment benefits. If you have not applied, visit KCC.KY.GOV.
• Prioritize mental health. Seek out virtual social opportunities and maintain a daily routine.
• Only travel for essential items. Avoid carpooling and public transit. The safest place for you and others is at home.
• Report non-compliance. If you see individuals or businesses not complying with COVID-19 guidelines, report online or to the KYSAFER hotline at 1-833-597-2337 For questions about COVID-19 go to the Barren River Health site or TEAM Kentucky.