Deli worker tests positive prompting advisory


WHITESBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – An employee in the deli at the Whitesburg Food City in Letcher County has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting an advisory by the Kentucky River District Health Department who may have shopped at the deli last week.

But heath officials say the risk of exposure is low.

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The advisory says shoppers who bought items from the deli between July 15 and July 17 may have been exposed. The store is located at 251 Medical Plaza Lane in Whitesburg.

Customers are advised to monitor their symptoms and should they develop “a cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath” to call their doctor.

The health department and store management are working together to “identify and contact” customers or co-workers who might have come into contact with the worker.

‘We are continuing to see new cases of COVID19 spread throughout our district. The health department staff is working to monitor these cases and notifying anyone that has been exposed,” said District Health Department Director Scott Lockard. “The risk for exposure to Food City customers is low. However. this stresses the importance or wearing masks and frequently washing your hands or using hand sanitizer anytime you are in a public setting. We wish this individual a speedy recovery.”

The health department offered these tips:

  • Social Distance yourself keeping 6 feet proximity from others;

— Wash your hands often with soap and water;

— Avoid close contact with people who are sick;

— Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;

— Stay home when you are sick;

— Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;

— Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe;

Symptoms of COVI0-19 may include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. lndividuals who are experiencing symptoms should contact their health care provider.