Leading national expert talks COVID at UK

Dr. Birx is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Dr. Deborah Birx has been a member of the Coronavirus Task Force since March. During the last two months she has traveled to 30 different states including many university campuses.

Monday, she made her second trip to the Bluegrass State, as she spent the day at the University of Kentucky.

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She took part in a roundtable discussion with medical professionals and community leaders.

“We really see continued improvement due to the policies by the Governor, but also the work to follow guidance,” Dr. Birx said at Monday’s press briefing.

They touched on several different topics but primarily how Lexington can avoid becoming a hot spot like other places in the state.

“Making sure you wear masks and social distance don’t have big parties. I know it’s difficult, but I want to assure you you cannot tell who has Covid,” she advised.

One of the biggest points Dr. Birx is trying to drive home is the continued importance of mask wearing.

“On some of the college towns we’ve see students in masks and parents not so follow the same instructions, the students are a great example of how they can stop the virus,” said Dr. Birx.

Overall she says she’s pleased with the way Lexington is handling things so far, but more work needs to be done.

“There will continue to be small outbreaks, but I’m confident the governor and his health team will be able to stop them before the spread,” said Dr. Birx.