This story was updated at 2:15PM on 3/21/2020 with new information on the response team being activated.
This story was updated at 5:44PM on 3/21/2020 to show the patient is a 76-year-old female. The announcement was made by the Governor. Also, the health department has a hotline set up for those to call.
Madison County has its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus as of early Saturday, according to a Madison County Health Department release.
The patient is a 76-year-old female of Madison County, but additional information can not be identified due to medical privacy laws.
The individual is being treated at Baptist Health Richmond in isolation.
Health officials said they are working to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the individual. These individuals would then be monitored for symptoms, the health department release notes.
On Saturday afternoon, the Madison County Health Department Response Team was activated.
According to a release, the Madison County Health Department has a team of staff dedicated to disease investigation. Their focus in recent days has been on COVID-19 Readiness and response.
“This team has been preparing for weeks to respond in the case we received a positive test result in Madison County. Local health care workers and health departments are taking action, behind the scenes,” said Madison County Health Department Director Nancy Crewe.
Crew said the risk to the general public is low.
"...As this situation evolves, we will continue to communicate with the CDC, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and the people of Madison County," Crewe said in a release. "The best way to prevent the 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 the virus."
According to the release, health officials are working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department of Public Health (DPH) to identify all those who may have come into contact with the person who will later be monitored for the appearance of symptoms.
Symptoms of the virus can include coughing, fever and shortness of breath and can range from mild to severe appearing two to 14 days after contracting it.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Staying home when you are sick.
• Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
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The Madison County Health Department has a local phone number — 859-624-4756 — to provide general COVID-19 information this weekend to help answer questions from the public.
This local phone number and location is made possible through a partnership with the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.
This number will be available during limited hours of operation and will NOT take the place of the KY COVID-19 Hotline.
The operational hours are:
Saturday, March 21: until 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 22: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
The health department said further operational periods throughout the week will be announced and shared as soon as possible.