Cynthiana doctor isolating himself after treating coronavirus patient

Posted at 5:37 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 21:20:32-04

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Harrison County doctor is trying to ease fears about the coronavirus after he treated a patient who tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Stephen Moses runs a family practice in Cynthiana, but he isolated himself from the public just to be safe.

He shared a Facebook message to let his patients hear the facts from him.

"I primarily decided to do it so there would not be panic locally especially among my patient population," Dr. Moses said.

Here is what he shared over Facebook:

"Dear Facebook Family, I would like to let everyone know that due to contact with a patient with a confirmed case of CoVID-19 I am now under quarantine. I am not ill. I have no symptoms of illness and am being proactive by taking my temperature at least twice per day. Because I am under quarantine I will not be in the office this week. I will be responding to messages left at the office. My office will still be open as exposure amongst my office employees was limited to me and my nurse. I am praying that the quarantine may be lifted sooner than recommended.

If you were seen by me last week do not worry. . Patients who may have been exposed last week while in my office waiting room will be contacted. Should I begin to show signs of infection and you were seen by me last week you will be contacted.

Finally, if you have questions please leave them below. Since I am going to have some time on my hands I will respond in a timely fashion. I will also provide updates on how I am feeling. My family is well. My family IS NOT under quarantine. Please exercise good hygiene practices by washing hands, staying home if ill, getting enough sleep, and eating food that is nutritious. My temperature is 97.8."

Dr. Moses says people should take precautions to avoid the virus, but not live in total fear over it. He says hand washing is the best defense and encourages everyone to keep a thermometer in the house. He hopes to return to his office in a week. "I feel fine, I feel like I do 90 percent of the time." said Moses.