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Kentucky DPH commissioner announces plan on publicly reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at schools

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 17:18:41-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The state has announced a plan where school districts can inform the public of COVID-19 outbreaks at their schools.

Kentucky public health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack says at K-12 schools, the reporting process begins with identifying the students and/or staff that have tested positive for COVID-19. The school will then communicate with the public health community, local and/or state, and the school will be given the opportunity to identify members of the school community. The Kentucky Department of Public Health will then publish the school cases in their report.

"When we do go back to opening up, the public needs to be able to know what risk they are or are not taking if the child goes into the classroom," said Dr. Stack.

Governor Andy Beshear has previously recommended that all Kentucky schools should wait to begin in-person classes until Sept. 28 at the earliest.