LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — The city of Lexington has developed a webpage to provide a central information source for residents concerning local and regional response to widespread concern over the coronavirus.
The web page was one of several items discussed today during a meeting of leaders across a wide range of agencies and industries preparing responses to the virus.
Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton stressed no cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, have been diagnosed in Kentucky. But she said leaders at all levels intend to be prepared when and if the disease does surface in the region.
“Although there have not been identified cases of coronavirus in Kentucky, I am determined to be prepared,” said Gorton, who is a registered nurse.
“The health and safety of our community is our top focus. We don’t need to start a panic, but it is important that our citizens know the best ways to reduce their chance of contracting the disease, and what steps to take to prepare. This information will allow us to get on the same page, doing the best we can to prepare Lexington for the potential impact of COVID-19,” she continued, noting the advisory group includes hospitals, public health, business, schools, public events, government, higher education, and transportation.
Local organizations are getting prepared with a focus on education, coordination, prevention, monitoring, containment, precautions, resources and disinfection.
More than 100 cases of the virus have been diagnosed in the United States and more than 90,000 in 73 countries.
According to the mayor, the city will take its lead from state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department concerning public health decisions.
The webpage will be regularly updated. Additional information will be sent via email to those who sign-up on the webpage.
Today’s meeting covered a variety of topics, including:
- Simple prevention techniques, most importantly washing your hands
- Stay at home if you’re sick
- Avoid contact with sick people
- Employers are studying the possibility of people working from home
- Healthcare providers are securing adequate resources
- Disinfect public areas as normal
- Education and coordination of messages to the public
- Monitoring of those who have traveled to affected regions is ongoing
- Elderly are most vulnerable
- Contact health department for testing
The group involved in the planning and response includes representatives from:
- Lexington Police Department
- Lexington Fire Department
- Lexington Division of Emergency Management
- Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
- Baptist Health Lexington
- CHI Saint Joseph Health
- University of Kentucky HealthCare
- Lexington VA Medical Center
- Fayette County Public Schools
- University of Kentucky
- Bluegrass Community & Technical College
- Transylvania University
- Bluegrass Airport
- Central Bank Center
- Fayette Mall
- Commerce Lexington