Woodford County sees spike in COVID-19 cases; hires two health investigators

Woodford County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. Over the last 4 days, there has been 16 positives. Those cases have been tracked back to a Sunday service at church and Memorial Day parties. The county has been preparing for a surge in cases and is hoping to lower that number by bringing on two health investigators.

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WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Woodford County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. Over the last 4 days, there has been 16 positives. Those cases have been tracked back to a Sunday service at church and Memorial Day parties. The county has been preparing for a surge in cases and is hoping to lower that number by bringing on two health investigators.

Contact tracing is a key practice in preventing the spread of covid-19. It’s something Woodford County has been doing already.

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“As we saw the cases progress and the state rolled out their contact tracing plan, we prepared to bring on contact tracers here at our local health department to help with any increase in cases,” said Woodford County Judge Executive James Kay.

The two new positions will be paid from state dollar, but the investigators will work for the county health department in tracking the spread of the disease.

“They will isolate the individuals, who are positive. They will make sure that everyone who has been in contact with will be able to know about it and be safe,” said Kay.

The new investigators will start training this week. Kay doesn’t know the specific background of the two, but said it will take some time for them to get up to speed.

“There’s going to be a little bit of a learning curve and a learn as you go, but the basic demands of it are that you have the ability to connect with them and talk to them,” said Kay.

With summer almost here, Kay said the spike in cases is a reminder that people still need to practice proper social distancing.

“We know that there is a way to prevent this. We don’t have to shut down our economy anymore,” said Kay. “We just have need people to do the right thing. We just need people to wear masks when possible and a keep a social distance.”

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