LFHCD maintains national accreditation with Public Health Accreditation Board

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department today announced it has successfully completed a review process to maintain national accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The nonprofit PHAB works to advance and transform public health practice by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure, and innovation. In maintaining its accreditation status for another five years, LFHCD has demonstrated that it meets PHAB’s quality standards and measures and has the capacity to continue to evolve, improve and advance, thereby becoming increasingly effective at improving the health of the residents of Lexington.

PHAB’s accreditation program, which receives support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance.

“We are proud to once again be recognized by the Public Health Accreditation Board for achieving its national standards, demonstrating that the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department continues to set the bar high in our efforts to help Lexington be well,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “The health department’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic further affirms our commitment to the health of all Lexington residents. Through the data we share, the policies we promote, and the services we provide, LFCHD shows the value we bring to the community each day.”

LFCHD achieved national initial accreditation status through PHAB on Feb. 17 after undergoing a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it met a set of quality standards and measures. Compliance Officer Katrina Howard oversaw LFCHD’s submission. Today’s announcement goes a step further by demonstrating that LFCHD has the capacity to become increasingly effective at improving the health of Lexington.

“We are extremely pleased to be at the point in the accreditation program where the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, along with many others, are successfully maintaining their five-year accreditation status through PHAB,” said PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN. “In so doing, these health departments are assuring their communities that the value of accreditation is long-term – not a one-time recognition – and that continual improvement is the hallmark of a 21st century organization.”

Often called the “backbone” of the public health system, public health departments are on the front lines of communities’ efforts to protect and promote health and prevent disease and injury. PHAB-accredited health departments demonstrate great leadership by placing their work for peer review, with the goal of using the feedback obtained during the process to improve the services they provide to their communities.

COVID-19 safety tips for Thanksgiving

Give thanks, not COVID-19!

Follow these tips to reduce your risk of being exposed to, getting or spreading COVID-19 during Thanksgiving!

  • Traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from people you don’t live with. Avoid high-traffic public areas, such as bathrooms and dining spaces.
  • Wear a mask at all times when around people.
  • Avoid potluck-style gatherings and encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks. Limit traffic where food is being prepared or handled. Do not share serving utensils.
  • Disinfect all reusables when the event is over.

Tips for voting safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Voting is important, and safe voting is crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember to follow these steps to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19 when casting your ballot. Learn more at www.healthyvoting.org/kentucky/ and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/election-polling-locations.html#VoterRecommendations.

And for after you vote, here’s an “I voted safely” sticker to print to show the community you followed public health guidelines!

El departamento de salud dará vacunas gratis contra la gripe

El Departamento de Salud de Lexington-Condado de Fayette le está dando a usted la oportunidad de luchar contra la gripe de forma gratuita mientras mantiene las precauciones de seguridad durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

Vacunas en el Automóvil (13 años o más)

El registro para el evento de la vacuna de la gripe de automóvil el sábado está cerrado. Si necesita una vacuna de la gripe, puede obtener una gratis con cita previa a partir del 5 de octubre en nuestra Clínica de Salud Pública, 650 Newtown Pike. Llame al 859-288-2444 a partir del 5 de octubre para hacer una cita.

El evento para la vacuna de la gripe en automóvil programado para el sábado 3 de octubre ahora está abierto  para cualquier persona de 13 años o más. El evento es de 9 a.m. a 2 p.m. en Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. Debe registrarse en lfchd.org/drivethru2020espanol por adelantado para obtener su espacio y horario. Los espacios estarán disponibles para proporcionar hasta 400 vacunas gratuitas para la gripe en este evento de un solo día.

Vacunas para la Gripe Gratis en la Clínica de Salud Publica

Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, las vacunas para la gripe también estarán disponibles de forma gratuita durante toda la temporada solo con cita previa en la Clínica de Salud Pública de LFCHD, 650 Newtown Pike. Llame al 859-288-2444 para hacer una cita, a partir del 5 de octubre; no se aceptarán personas sin cita debido a los requisitos para mantener el distanciamiento físico en la clínica.

“Una vacuna anual para la gripe es la mejor manera de combatir la gripe cada otoño e invierno”, dijo Kevin Hall, portavoz de LFCHD. “La vacuna para la gripe es especialmente importante esta temporada, mientras permanecemos en la pandemia de COVID-19. Esta puede ayudar a reducir el impacto en la totalidad de las enfermedades respiratorias en la población, la cual reducirá la carga sobre nuestro sistema de salud durante la pandemia de COVID-19.”

En la pasada temporada de la gripe, Lexington tuvo 3 muertes por causas relacionadas con la gripe y 742 casos confirmados por los laboratorios.

Además de ayudar a prevenir que se enferme con la gripe, una vacuna para la gripe puede reducir la gravedad de la enfermedad si contrae la gripe y reduce el riesgo de una hospitalización asociada con la gripe.

La vacuna para la gripe se recomienda para todas las personas de edades de 6 meses en adelante y es especialmente importante para las personas con el mayor riesgo de complicaciones graves por la gripe: bebés y niños pequeños, mujeres embarazadas, cualquier persona con enfermedades subyacentes y adultos de 50 años en adelante. Debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, el CDC también está recomendando la vacuna para la gripe a los trabajadores esenciales, incluyendo el personal de salud y el personal de los centros de atención a largo plazo; y las personas con mayor riesgo de enfermedad grave por el COVID-19, incluyendo los adultos mayores de 65 años, los residentes de centros de atención a largo plazo y cualquier persona con condiciones de salud subyacentes.

Para obtener información adicional sobre la temporada de gripe del 2020-21, del Departamento de Salud de Lexington-Condado de Fayette por Facebook en www.facebook.com/LFCHD, o síganos en Twitter en twitter.com/LFCHD e Instagram en @lexpublichealth. Para preguntas sobre la vacuna de la gripe, llame a la Clínica de Salud Pública al 859-288-2444.

(English & en español) LFCHD to give FREE flu shots

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UPDATED SEPT. 30: Registration for Saturday’s drive-thru flu shot event is now closed. If you need a flu shot, you can get one free by appointment only starting Oct. 5 in our Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2444 starting Oct. 5 to make an appointment.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is giving you the chance to fight the flu for free while maintaining safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drive-Thru (13 and Older)

Saturday’s drive-thru flu shot event is now open to anyone 13 years old and above. The event is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. You must register in advance for a time slot at lfchd.org/drivethru2020. Slots are available to provide up to 400 free flu shots at this one-day event.

Free Flu Shots in Public Health Clinic

Starting Monday, Oct. 5, flu shots will also be available for free all season by appointment only at LFCHD’s Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. Please call 859-288-2444 to make an appointment, starting Oct. 5; walk-ins will not be accepted due to requirements to maintain physical distancing in the clinic.

“An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesperson Kevin Hall said. “The flu shot is especially important this season as we remain in the COVID-19 pandemic. It can help reduce the overall impact on respiratory illnesses on the population, which will lessen the burden on our healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Last flu season, Lexington had 3 deaths from flu-related causes and 742 lab-confirmed cases.

In addition to helping prevent you from getting sick with flu, a flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness if you do get flu and reduce your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.

The seasonal flu shot is recommended for all people ages 6 months and older and is especially important for people at the highest risk of serious complications from the flu: infants and young children, pregnant women, anyone with underlying medical conditions and adults 50 and older. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC is also urging the flu shot for essential workers, including healthcare personnel and long-term care facility staff; and people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including adults 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities and anyone with underlying health conditions.

For additional information about the 2020-21 flu season, like the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LFCHD, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/LFCHD and Instagram at @lexpublichealth. For questions about the flu shot, call the Public Health Clinic at 859-288-2444.

(English & en español) Special FREE testing for COVID-19 Aug. 5-8

UPDATED Aug. 3 English & en español:
COVID-19 continues to spread in Lexington, with cases disproportionately affecting the city’s African-American and Hispanic populations. Of the 3,400 total cases, 687 (20 percent) are among African-Americans, a group that makes up 15 percent of the city’s population, and 947 (28 percent) identify as Hispanic, a group that makes up 7 percent of Lexington’s population.

The City of Lexington and the Lexington Division of Emergency Management are providing free COVID-19 testing later this week at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road.

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8
• 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6
• 12-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Drive-ups and walk-ups will be accepted. No appointment is necessary. Testers will ask for insurance, but testing is free, even without insurance.

For more information, call the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 859-899-2222.

El COVID-19 continúa extendiéndose en Lexington, con un aumento desproporcionado de casos entre la población afroamericana e hispana de la ciudad. Entre el total de los 3,400 casos, 687 casos (20 por ciento) son entre la comunidad afroamericana, un grupo que compone el 15 por ciento de la población de la ciudad y 947 (28 por ciento) se identifican como hispanos, un grupo que compone el 7 por ciento de la población de Lexington.

Más tarde esta semana, la Ciudad de Lexington y la División de Manejo de Emergencias de Lexington estarán proveyendo pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19 en Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road:

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. miércoles, 5 de agosto
• 11 a.m.-7 p.m. jueves, 6 de agosto
• 12-8 p.m. viernes, 7 de agosto
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. sábado, 8 de agosto

Personas en autos o a pie serán aceptadas. No hace falta cita. Se le preguntará si tiene seguro médico, pero las pruebas son gratuitas, incluso sin seguro médico. Para más información, llame al centro de llamadas para el COVID-19 del Departamento de Salud de Lexington-Condado de Fayette al 859-899-2222.

COVID-19 update: 5 deaths in Lexington residents

APRIL 2, 2020: There are 3 new deaths in the last 24 hours in Fayette County residents related to COVID-19, bringing the total deaths in Lexington to 5, with 120 confirmed cases. The new deaths were in a person in their 60s, one in their 70s and one in their 80s. The two previous deaths were people in their 80s. Our hearts are with the families and friends of these victims.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 among everyone, especially high-risk groups (people over 60 or with chronic health conditions), please follow public health guidelines and practice physical distancing by staying home as much as possible. You should only get out for necessities and stay at least 6 feet away from others when you do go somewhere.

Learn more about COVID-19 at lexingtonhealthdepartment.org/covid19/.

1st COVID-19 case reported in Lexington resident

MARCH 8, 2020: Mayor Linda Gorton and Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh announce Lexington’s first case of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). Health officials are working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) to identify and speak with all those who may have come in close contact with the person. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. There are four confirmed cases in Kentucky.

Additional details about the person cannot be provided because of medical privacy laws.

“We can, and we will, get through this,” Mayor Gorton said. “We need to take care of the elderly, pay attention to basic hygiene, and remember there’s no need to panic. Just use common sense and be prepared. We will make sure you stay informed.”

The health department offered these tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Senior adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for complications of COVID-19. The CDC recommends the following for people over the age of 60 and anyone with heart, lung or kidney disease, cancer or diabetes:

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Make sure you have access to medications and supplies in case you are advised to stay home.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds.

COVID-19 is an emerging disease and the health department is staying up-to-date on the latest information.

To help answer the community’s questions about COVID-19, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is operating a call center for members of the public. Questions can be asked by calling (859) 899-2222 during regular business hours or emailing COVID19@lfchd.org. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, can be found at lfchd.org and on the LFCHD social media accounts. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LFCHD, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LFCHD and Instagram at @lexpublichealth.

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