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County reports two new COVID cases

Bell County has reported two new COVID-19 cases.

Saturday, Bell County Health Department Director Teresa Hunter issued a release stating the the county’s sixth total case has been confirmed. Monday, Hunter announced the seventh case.

“We believe the risk to the public is low, and as this situation evolves, we will continue to communicate with CDC, DPH and the people of Bell County,” Hunter said. “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, there are everyday preventative actions you can do to help prevent the spread of the virus.”

Hunter added, “Everyone needs to continue  to practice social distancing as well as wearing masks and gloves when appropriate. These cases are unrelated and both have limited exposures and are low risk of transmission.”

 

In addition, the health department offered these tips:

  •   Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  •   Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  •   Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  •   Stay home when you are sick.
  •   Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  •   Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  •   Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  •   By respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  •   These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough or shortness of breath. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms should first contact their local health department or health care provider.

 

A state hotline 1.800.722.5725 is available to help Kentuckians who have questions or need help.

For more information visit kycovid19.ky.gov and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.