Updated: Mar 19
This post is now out-of-date. For the most recent information released regarding COVID-19, visit http://coronavirus.gov.
Over the past few days, we have watched the COVID-19 situation accelerate. In particular, the level of panic within our local community has increased. Several health care partners' switchboards, including the health department switchboard, have been overwhelmed with calls regarding Coronavirus questions and concerns.
On Monday, rumors quickly fueled fear as students in the local school district shared information via social media regarding a "positive" COVID-19 case in the community. The health department posted a brief status update on Facebook on March 9th to address the rumor. This rumor, among many others, are false. As of March 10th, 2020 at 2:45 pm, there are no confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Grayson County. There are a total of 6 confirmed positive cases in the state of Kentucky as of March 10th, 2020 at 3:05 pm.
What is true is that COVID-19 is now spreading within the United States. I was asked today if the virus is spreading in Grayson County. With no confirmed positive cases, I cannot really answer that question. I can, however, reiterate the need for community members to wash their hands frequently. Use hand sanitizer and carry sanitizer wipes to wipe down areas that are touched by the public (example: shopping cart handles).
As it relates to hand washing, the CDC recommends that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Make sure that you wash in-between your fingers and under the tips of your finger nails. If you are sick, stay home. Do not touch your face as this spreads bacteria.
Senior citizens, and members of the community with health complications, should practice social distancing as outlined by the Governor. Make sure to limit trips to the grocery store and shopping centers as much as possible. If you have a trip booked, consider rescheduling your trip--especially if it's a cruise (again, this relates to senior citizens and people with health complications).
As mentioned in my other blog posts, this issue changes from hour-to-hour. This is why so many believe that they are getting conflicting information. As we continue to say, the best source of up-to-date information is the CDC's website (http://www.cdc.gov). Furthermore, members of the community should follow the health department's Facebook page as we post information as it comes available. Let me reiterate, we are here to educate. We are not here to spread fear. You can find our Facebook page by clicking here.
In closing, I am including a link to three resources.
Resource 1: KET is doing a Q and A session live this evening regarding COVID-19.
Information for this can be found here: https://www.ket.org/coronavirus/
Resource 2: I was on K105 today; I talked about COVID-19.
Information for this can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/k105/sll-031020-show900
Resource 3: We have created a page on our site to help cease rumors that cause panic.
Information for this can be found here: http://graysonhealthcenter.org/isittrue