The Madison County Health Department announced Sunday afternoon a second case of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) in Madison County.
According to a release, the patient is currently in isolation and recovering at home. The patient is a resident of Madison County. Due to medical privacy laws, no additional details about the person will be shared.
On Saturday, the health department announced its first case — a 76-year-old female — and that patient was in isolation at Baptist Health Richmond.
While the risk to the general public is low, health officials continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to identify and communicate with all those who may have had contact with both case. Those individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Madison County Public Health Director Nancy Crewe reminds everyone that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
“As we continue to recommend, there are everyday preventative actions you can take to help prevent the spread of this virus,” she said in the release. “Be sure to comply with Governor Andy Beshear’s social distancing guidelines and watch his regular press conferences on his Facebook page and television for updates on COVID-19.”
Starting Monday, the health department will offer a local call center to provide general COVID-19 information. This number will be available during limited hours of operation to be announced and shared as soon as possible. The health department reminds that this number does not take the place of the KY COVID Hotline.
Additionally, the health department will offer a regular daily update on COVID-19 at 4 p.m.