Laurel County Health Department springs into action after 1st confirmed COVID-19 case

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 3/25/2020
The Laurel County Health Department spent Wednesday looking for anyone the positive COVID-19 patient announced on Tuesday could have come into contact with.

During the last several weeks, the health department was preparing to see cases and began talking with other health systems to determine what their roles and responsibilities were.

Once they learned of the confirmed case on Tuesday, the staff began tracing down anyone that could have come into contact with that patient.

"We're doing a lot of contact investigation, contact tracing. Calling those folks who had been exposed to that person that was diagnosed with COVID-19. That is called case monitoring and we will be doing that throughout the COVID-19 period," said Mark Hensley, Laurel County Health Department Executive Director.

If anyone starts having symptoms of COVID-19, the health department says to call your primary doctor first.

Original Story
The Laurel County Health Department reported Tuesday afternoon that the first COVID-19 case in the county is confirmed positive.

The health department reports the patient tested positive through a commercial lab. They are working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to contact anyone who has had close contact with the patient. Those people will be instructed on proper quarantine measures and monitored.

Health officials did not release more information about the patient for medical privacy reasons.

"The health department is committed to protecting the health and wellness of its community," said Mark Hensley, Executive Director. "For those individuals who live, work, eat, pray and play in Laurel County, I assure you that LHDH is doing everything in our power to keep the public protected from this disease and we appreciate the support from our community, partners and state and local leaders regarding these efforts."

If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725. Beshear said the state hotline is getting about 2,400 calls a day.

You can also get the latest information, including things you can do to protect you and your family, by going to the state COVID-19 website here.