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COVID-19 hospitalizes Lincoln resident

STANFORD – The Lincoln County Health Department confirmed Monday that a Lincoln County resident currently hospitalized in Danville has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The individual is an 81-year-old male and was a resident of the Stanford Care and Rehab facility on Harmon Heights prior to being hospitalized at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, according to Lincoln County Health Department Director Diane Miller.

“We got the confirmation on April 25,” Miller said.

The local health department is closely monitoring the situation at the long-term care facility and continues to work with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to make sure proper protocols remain in place.

Both the infant and 52-year-old female who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 are now considered “recovered,” Miller said.

“The infant is doing fine, he’s already considered recovered and so is the other case,” she said Monday.

The 81-year-old male is the only confirmed active case of COVID-19 that has been reported in Lincoln County as of Monday this week.

As the pandemic continues, Miller is urging the public to keep practicing the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines for social distancing and self-quarantine if COVID-19 symptoms are present.

 

What if you have COVID-19 symptoms?

You can call (859) 936-8350 if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or if you have a fever, sore throat or breathing difficulties.  A nurse answering the call will assess your symptoms and advise you of the steps you should follow.

That may include a visit to your primary care provider, a visit to your local Emergency Room or a visit to one of Ephraim McDowell’s five testing facilities.  The five testing facilities are Ephraim McDowell Walk-in & Primary Care (1541 Lebanon Road, Danville), Ephraim McDowell Haggin Primary Care (470 Linden Avenue, Suite 5, Harrodsburg), Ephraim McDowell Liberty Family Medical Center (511 Middleburg Street, Liberty), Immediate & Primary Care at Fort Logan Hospital (110 Metker Trail, Stanford), and Ephraim McDowell Springfield Family Medical Center (280 Lincoln Drive, Springfield).  Do not go to one of these testing facilities unless you are directed to by the Ephraim McDowell Call Center or an Ephraim McDowell health care provider.

For those with further questions about this illness, please call the Covid-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725, visit the Kentucky Covid-19 website at kycovid19.ky.gov or visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.