During Gov. Andy Beshear's Thursday evening briefing, he mentioned three employees at a day care facility in Madison County had tested positive for the coronavirus.
"There's been a day care in Madison County with three confirmed cases amongst staff," the Democratic governor said. "Thank goodness this was before they were re-opening."
A portion of such facilities were allowed to re-open on June 8, with the remainder allowed to open on June 15 — nearly a month ago.
The Madison County Health Department did not send a news release or notice to media in regards to these specific cases.
After the governor made such remarks on his briefing, The Register attempted to send questions to local health department officials pertaining to the timeline in which the cases were identified, if families and others associated with the facility were notified, and general confirmation that the cases were at a Madison County day care.
The public information officers said they could not answer the questions in detail and gave the following response:
"Facilities in Madison County have done their due diligence, and continue to do so, in contacting Madison County Health Department to make us aware of their status. As far as we are aware, facilities have communicated with those they serve and those they employ.
"When Madison County Health Department is notified that a child care facility has a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, the epidemiology team begins investigation and conducts contact tracing. The child care facility notifies the families of children they serve and also the facility employees prior to MCHD contact tracing. This is a collaborative effort between the child-care center and the local health department to lessen the impact of COVID-19 to our community."
On Friday afternoon, 10 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Madison County. This brings the county's total cases to 203 with 148 cases reported to be recovered.