Scott County’s second confirmed coronavirus patient is a 30-year-old woman.
She is at home in isolation and WEDCO officials are tracing her steps to determine with whom she may have been in contact. Authorities were notified late Wednesday afternoon.
That makes two confirmed cases in Scott County. The first was confirmed Sunday and is a 70-year-old woman who had been traveling. She, too, is at home in isolation.
Officials expect the number of confirmed cases will start rising now that more private labs are testing. The University of Kentucky has started testing and can turn around results in about a day. The problem remains that some parts of the COVID-19 test kits, such as the swabs, are in short supply and targeted for U.S. “hot spots.”
Dr. Crystal Miller, WEDO public health director, indicated the number may start jumping by the weekend, although actual reporting may be slowed because of the number of private labs now participating.
Bracing for a possible increase in patients, Georgetown Community Hospital has implemented a “zero-visitor” protocol effective immediately. Only in specific instances will visitors be allowed inside the office. Those instances include:
—Obstetric (OB) patients have have one well patient over 16 years of age.
—Pediatric patients may have two well parents or guardians during the hospital stay.
—End-of-life patients may have two well visitors for the length of time cleared by a doctor. One well clergy may be allowed as well, if requested by patient or family.
—Patients with altered mental status, cognitive impairment or developmental delays, disruptive behavior or where a family member is key to their care, may have one well visitor.
—ER patients, patients with a laboratory order or a diagnostic radiology appointment may not have anyone accompany them.
—All family and friends of emergency department patients are asked to stay home. If a visitor arrives with an emergency department patient, they will be asked to wait in their car instead of the waiting room.
Visitors who are allowed in the hospital:
—Must remain in the patient’s room at all times.
—Must immediately leave he hospital once leaving the patient’s room. Visitors cannot wander the hallways or spend time in the hospital’s common areas, including lobbies, waiting areas or vending areas.
—Must limit number of personal items brought into the hospital.
—Must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer every time entering or leaving a patient room.
The hospital encourages family and friends to stay in touch with patients by phone, laptop or tablet, rather than visiting on site.
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