FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services assures residents that they are actively monitoring for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
The organization confirms that there are no reported or suspected cases in the Bluegrass State.
DPH Deputy Commissioner for Clinical Affairs Dr. Connie White said that this is a very serious public health situation and the virus is being carefully monitored at federal, state and local levels to ensure the public’s health and safety.
“We understand that some people are worried about this virus and how it may impact Kentuckians. Outbreaks of new diseases are always of concern, and with today’s connected world, an outbreak anywhere can be a risk. While the available information suggests a low immediate health risk for the general public, we consider any new infectious disease a serious concern and we are carefully monitoring the evolving situation and taking precautions. Currently the biggest risk we have in Kentucky now for respiratory illness is the flu, which has resulted in 30 deaths so far this season. So we highly encourage everyone who has not received a flu shot to get vaccinated.”
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