The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Richmond. 

As of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Baptist Health Richmond has received their first shipment of the vaccines. 

According to Sara Stringfield, marketing coordinator of Baptist Health Richmond, the vaccines will be administered to their staff beginning on Wednesday. 

That same day, 154 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Madison County for a total of 1,102 active cases. 

Additionally, in response to the large numbers of COVID-19 cases in Madison County, the Madison County Health Department (MCHD) has limited its contact tracing to those persons affiliated with schools, healthcare, daycare, long term care or other clearly defined high-risk situations. 

According to a press release, the health department is requesting anyone who is a contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, to follow the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (DPH) “Guidance for the New CDC COVID-19 Quarantine Options.”

For businesses, MCHD encourages in-house contact tracing.  According to Public Health Director Nancy Crewe, “Due to the growing COVID-19 caseload and limited staffing, we will no longer be able to send return to work letters to contacts.” 

Businesses should follow the same “Guidance for the New CDC COVID-19 Quarantine Options” that individuals do and share this guidance with their employees. The MCHD epidemiology team will provide businesses with consultation and guidance on a case-by-case basis to assist them with in-house contact tracing efforts. 

MCHD will continue to contact and follow persons who test positive for COVID-19.  Again, because of case volume and staffing constraints, positive cases may experience delays in being contacted by the health department.   

According to Crewe, “Please be patient with us, wait for our calls, and in the meantime, follow DPH’s COVID-19 Patient Guidance.”

The story will be updated as it develops. 

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