Let’s work together to keep our families and community healthy.

As we face the Coronavirus, it will take each of us doing our part. We can take the necessary precautions without having to live in fear. Below, we provide tips, links and articles to help you protect your family from the Coronavirus.

The main thing to remember is to stay home if you feel sick. Keep practicing social distancing, wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and wear a mask in public places. Remember, the state now mandates that everyone wear a mask in public spaces.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, you can call your local health department.




Latest Updates on COVID-19

We will update you as we continue to learn new things about this virus and how it impacts your life, your family and your business. You can always go to the Team Kentucky page for daily updates.


Confirmed Covid-19 Cases



FAQ

  • How does Coronavirus spread?
  • What’s the best way to protect myself and my family from COVID-19?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • What do I do if I feel sick?
  • Where can I find my local testing center?
  • I’m reopening my business or going back to work, what do I need to know?
  • What sources should I trust?
  • How many people have the virus?
  • Do you have masks available?
  • My kids know something is going on, how do I explain COVID-19?
  • What do I do if COVID-19 is causing me a lot of anxiety?
How does Coronavirus spread?

“The Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.” – CDC

What’s the best way to protect myself and my family from COVID-19?

Please remember that we are all still learning about this new virus. That’s why it’s so important to stay up-to-date with the CDC and your local health department on the latest developments. We encourage you to fact check anything you read on social media against our trusted sources. Here are some prevention tips: 

  • It’s important to keep practicing social distancing, 6ft apart from others. 

  • Keep your nose and mouth covered with a mask when you’re around others. (DIY Cloth Mask) 

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.

  • Clean high-touch surfaces often. (Cleaning and Disinfecting Resource) 

Here are other tips from the CDC on preventing sickness.

What are the symptoms?

Keep in mind that symptoms may take 2-14 days to appear after being exposed to the virus. Also, some people never show symptoms but still have the capability of spreading the virus. 

Continue to monitor everyone in your family, especially before going shopping, to work, to church, the grocery, for routine doctor appointments, etc.

  • Fever or chills 

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

The CDC will continue to modify this list as they learn more.

What do I do if I feel sick?

Here is what the CDC recommends: If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms listed above, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your own healthcare provider.

Where can I find my local testing center?

The Kentucky’s state website updates their list regularly. You can search the full list or you can narrow it down by your county. If you don’t find one in your local county, please search for a county close to you. You can see the full list here.

I’m reopening my business or going back to work, what do I need to know?

You can read the guidelines and the timeline for reopenings for Kentucky businesses/churches/organizations here. It’s a phased reopening and each business/organization has certain requirements to meet. See the timeline and read the guidelines here. 

What sources should I trust?

There are so many viewpoints coming from a lot of different directions. We encourage you to read for yourself, from trusted sources. Again, remember that this virus is still new and we’re learning new things about it every day. A couple of sites we recommend: 

How many people have the virus?

You can see the total number of cases and deaths in Kentucky here. 

You can see the total number of cases and deaths in the United States here.

Do you have masks available?

No, we do not have masks for sale. We recommend making them with cloth scraps or purchasing them if you can.

My kids know something is going on, how do I explain COVID-19?

It’s very important for you to keep lines of communication open with your children and not keep them from learning about the virus. They don’t need to know all of the details but this article will help you talk to them about it without causing more anxiety.

What do I do if COVID-19 is causing me a lot of anxiety?

First, you may need to take a break from the news and social media. There’s a way to stay informed without overwhelming yourself with too much information about the virus. Here are a few more health tips as you manage your anxiety during this time. Plus, check out this guide for managing stress and anxiety from the CDC.


  • Do I have to wear a mask? If so, when?
Do I have to wear a mask? If so, when?

So we can continue to reopen our economy, the Governor Beshear has now made it a requirement that everyone wear a mask in public spaces. According to health experts, wearing face coverings not only protects others, it also lowers the infection risk for those wearing masks by 65%. So far, 22 other states have implemented some sort of mandate regarding face coverings. Here’s a list of places it is required:

  • While inside, or waiting in line to enter, any: retail establishment; grocery store; pharmacy; hair salon/barbershop; nail salon/spa; tattoo parlor; child care facility; restaurant or bar (when not seated and consuming food or beverage); health care setting, or; any other indoor public space in which it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from all individuals who are not members of that person’s household.

  • While waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit, or while riding in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle, or driving any of the above while customers are present.

  • While in outdoor public spaces in which the person cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of the person’s household and is not otherwise covered by previously issued guidance.


  • How does contact tracing work?
How does contact tracing work?

Kentucky is implementing Contact Tracing to help stop the spread of diseases like COVID-19 and help Kentuckians stay healthy and safe. Contact Tracing is key to safely get back to work and school while also kickstarting 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. Instructions are provided about how to stop spreading the disease and what to do until they recover.

  • 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.

See the infographic below to learn what this will look like with schools reopening. For more information about contact tracing, read here. 



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Let’s work together to take care of one another, each new day.


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