COVID-19 Breaking News

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Madison County Health Department has confirmed four new positive cases in Madison County for the coronavirus.

This brings the county's total count of positive cases to six confirmed. No information was included in the post of infected persons age, respective area or gender in accordance with personal privacy laws.

The two initial cases were announced over the weekend, with one involving a 76-year-old female in isolation at Baptist Health Richmond and the other in isolation at their home.

Once the first case was confirmed in the county Saturday, the Madison County Health Department Response Team was activated, which consists of team members that investigate cases to determine the actual extent and potential spread of disease.

According to Anne Hatton, clinic nurse administrator at the Madison County Health Department, communication among responders and with principal contacts is maintained until all infected persons have been notified, all required contacts have been made and all at-risk persons have been adequately interviewed.

And although the MCHD does not do testing at the local facility, they also established a phone number for their local information line which residents can contact at (859) 544-6550. The line will be operational Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This phone line provides general and local information and does not take the place of the state's COVID-19 Hotline (1-800-722-5725) which operates 24/7.

The health department provides these tips to maintain good mental health and reduce anxiety:

• Stay informed with reliable sources (kycovid19.ky.gov, cdc.gov, and @GovAndyBeshear & Facebook.com/GovAndyBeshear)

• Take a break from social media and news

• Preserve a daily routine as much as possible.

• Maintain a healthy diet, engage in regular exercise and get enough sleep

• Take advantage of outdoor activities while still maintaining social distancing

• Do not isolate, connect through appropriate social distancing or virtual opportunities

• Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people. For up-to-date information, visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 web page. (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts).

• Seek professional help if needed.

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