North Central District Health Department
North Central District Health Department
"Caring for our communities"

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hotline (800) 722-5725 or KYCovid19.KY.Gov

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many kinds of coronaviruses, and some cause disease. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) are examples of diseases caused by coronaviruses that originated in animals and spread to people. A newly identified type or stain has caused the recent outbreak of respiratory illness that is now called Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019). Much is still unknown about COVID-19, but COVID-19 seems to spread faster than the SARS virus. COVID-19 can be passed from person to person through droplets from coughs and sneezes. COVID-19 has been detected in people all over the world, and is considered a pandemic.


  • The following non-pharmaceutical intervention strategies are recommended for persons who live in our district to prevent the transmission of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent Coronavirus disease and CDC states that wearing a face mask will not protect the public from COVID-19. “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure.” 

Personal Prevention Measures:

  •  Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever, coughing, sneezing , and difficulty breathing. To avoid close contact, stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • 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. To avoid coughing into your hands, you can cough into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for “at least 20 seconds”, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

Community Prevention Measures The following community prevention measures are recommended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 for County residents: 

  • Practice social distancing (6 feet away) and limit your participation in schools, meetings, worship services and other public gatherings.
  • Implement environmental surface cleaning measures in homes, businesses, and other locations, including frequently touched surfaces and objects, i.e., tables, doorknobs, toys, desks, and computer keyboards. Use household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications Adults over 60 and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. 

If you are at increased risk for COVID-19, it is especially important for you to take the following actions to reduce your risk of exposure: 

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time. 
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact (6 feet away) and wash your hands often. 
  • Avoid crowds.

Message from the Director:

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) appreciates the public’s concern regarding the increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Shelby County.  As of today, Shelby County has had 160 cases since 3/24/20, 128 of those cases are Hispanic.  We have been working diligently to educate the community, monitor positive cases/contacts, and work to mitigate situations as they arise.

 On May 5, 2020, NCDHD launched drive-thru testing in all four of our counties (Shelby, Spencer, Henry, and Trimble).  Some of the increase in cases may be related to increased testing opportunities, testing more will detect more positive cases.  We have had a tremendous turnout and have been able to accommodate everyone who has requested testing.  We have been reaching out to our community partners, including Walmart, to make sure there are adequate testing opportunities for our residents; when we transition out of testing to redirect efforts towards contact tracing and slowly resuming clinical services. 

By working closely with the Hispanic community, we have received valuable feedback from many influential leaders and stakeholders within the Hispanic community.  We were able to identify many of the issues and barriers that are contributing to the increase in positive COVID-19 cases, within this community. Our staff has been working within this community to educate and facilitate behavior changes that will hopefully result in slowing and reducing the spread of this virus. 

The things the public can do to help are; follow CDC guidelines and the Governor’s orders that are issued as our economy begins to reopen.  Stay home if you are sick, social distance (six feet away or greater), wear a mask, and show compassion to those who are infected with COVID-19.  Be understanding of the challenges the Hispanic community is facing. Social determinants of health, economic status, and health disparities are at the core of the issues we are seeing in minority communities.  These are systemic issues that did not develop overnight and will not resolve overnight.  NCDHD is working diligently to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment for testing or have COVID-19 related questions, please call 502-390-2600.