Lexington prepares for coronavirus…just in case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton announced Wednesday the city of Lexington is preparing for coronavirus, just in case.

“We’re planning, not panicking; acting, not overreacting,” Gorton said. “We’re making sure we’ve done everything possible to prepare our city … that our essential services can function well in this kind of emergency, if needed. As a nurse I learned long ago that preparation is the key to handling a situation like this.”

The city is also reaching out to the community to organize a stakeholder meeting next week to make sure “everyone is on the same page,” Gorton said. “We have been in conversations with hospitals, schools, the airport, universities, businesses, Keeneland, assisted living facilities, shelters and more. We want to make sure all entities are in sync, and able to address the public with a unified message.”

The city says it will take its cues from state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department concerning public health decisions.

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, Cfcommissioner of Health, said the Department continues to stay updated on the spread of the virus, and has been working behind the scenes to prepare.

Humbaugh stressed no cases of coronavirus have been identified in Kentucky.

Humbaugh says people should wash their hands frequently and stay home in case of illness.

Coronavirus symptoms include respiratory issues. The flu starts with similar symptoms and is still widely circulating in Kentucky, according to the health department.

Up-to-date information is available on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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