In a press conference last night Mayor Fischer updated the city on the reported case of coronavirus in Jefferson County saying he has already spoken with health officials and with Governor Andy Beshear regarding the newly confirmed coronavirus cases, including one in Jefferson County.
The patient that has been diagnosed is currently being treated at the Norton Brownsboro hospital, and has the novel coronavirus. Norton Healthcare says they have been preparing for the outbreak and have plans in place to handle it. Norton is monitoring the patient and says they will take the necessary steps to prevent further spread of the virus. That patient is confirmed to be in isolation and that CDC and the Public Health Department will be reaching out to those who had possibly come in contact with them.
Fischer announced that the city was prepared for the possibility of coronavirus, and has had precautions in place, and urged that the public continued to practice healthy habits.
“Unfortunately, we knew it was just a matter of time before the virus came to our city, as it has to many cities around America,” Mayor Fischer said. “And what is most important is for the city and our residents to take appropriate steps to keep all of us safe.”
JCPS will continue to be open unless they receive new information and guidance from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health according to a letter from the school district. Since there is a case of the virus in Jefferson County, the district has decided to enact a Level 5 Pandemic Preparedness plan. You can read the full statement here.
Mayor Fischer said there were no further details at this time, but that he would join Governor Beshear in a conference at the Capital tomorrow morning at 8:45 a.m and another local briefing is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. Monday morning to discuss safety protocols among city leaders and officials.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms and you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or you have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you seek medical care at any location. Tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.