Todd County Health Department Director Jen Harris encourages anyone who travels out of state for vacation or work to get tested for COVID-19 with a few days of returning to Kentucky.
She says some of Todd County’s positive cases are the result of travel and says with a rise in cases nationwide, now is not the best time for vacations.
click to download audioHarris says people who do choose to vacation in southern states should alter a few habits to guard against contracting the coronavirus.
click to download audioHarris says anyone who travels out of state should get tested within several days of returning to Kentucky.
The Todd County Health Department will be hosting a free drive-through clinic Monday, July 20 from 8-11am and 6-8 pm. She said these are the PCR nasal swab tests that take 24-28 hours to get results. Harris said the negative results from these tests are generally 97-percent accurate while positive tests are 92-95-percent accurate.
Harris said the health department has applied for a grant to receive rapid tests to administer. She said the accuracy of these tests are between 85-90-percent but results come back in 15 minutes. Harris said the health department could use these type of tests at worksites and even schools if the child’s parent gives consent if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms at school.
Harris said the health department has given 309 antibody tests through the end of last week, with 25 people showing they had previous had COVID-19. She added 53-percent of the people getting antibody tests were from Todd County, while 20-percent were from Logan and 15-percent from Christian County.
They will continue antibody testing at the health department by appointment.
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