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Barren River District Health Department confirms 12,090 cases of COVID-19 in the district

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 9:04 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -The Barren River District Health Department has confirmed 12,090 cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District, 9,914 of which have recovered.

Our district has 152 deaths reported from COVID-19.

See the breakdown of numbers by county below

Barren River Numbers for Friday, November 20, 2020
Barren River Numbers for Friday, November 20, 2020(WBKO)

Public health resources across the state are strained due to the overwhelming number of cases of COVID-19. With disease incidence so high it exceeds public health system capacity, Barren River District Health Department (BRDHD) must adapt and direct resources to continue efforts to mitigate the virus’s unrestrained spread. Rapidly identifying and isolating confirmed cases remains the highest priority. Therefore, BRDHD will no longer be conducting contact tracing and issuing quarantine orders on individuals exposed to COVID-19. This change does not eliminate the fact that all individuals exposed to COVID-19 must still quarantine.

BRDHD will enlist the participation of new cases of COVID-19 to notify all family, friends, coworkers, and others who may meet exposure criteria to self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, due to the overwhelming number of cases and strained resources, there is a delay between cases receiving their positive test result and being contacted by the health department. Individuals should not wait on a call from the health department to begin self-isolating or self-quarantining at home. Take steps to protect yourself and others including:

• Staying home for 10 days if you are a case or 14 days if you are a close contact

• Staying away from people you live with – use a separate bathroom if possible

• Not going to work or school

• Asking friends or family to drop off groceries, medicines, or supplies

More guidance on how to safely isolate or quarantine at home can be found at www.barrenriverhealth.org. If you need support or help call your healthcare provider or Barren River District Health Department at 270-781-8039. For questions about COVID-19 visit www.barrenriverhealth.org/covid-19-information, or https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

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