Louisville Metro COVID-19 Response: Facts, Symptoms and Prevention

According to the CDC, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The first case of COVID-19 in the Kentucky was reported on March 6, 2020.

There is a lot of new information being updated regularly regarding COVID-19. Please understand that guidance can change frequently, particularly as global, national, regional, statewide and local situations change.  To get the most up-t0-date information go to cdc.gov and World Health Organization.

You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Seek medical advice if you

  • Develop symptoms


Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

Call the Kentucky COVID19 hotline: 1-800-722-5725.

  • Anyone can be infected by COVID-19.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 are also at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

Currently there isn’t a vaccine available for the prevention of coronavirus.  However, there are simple but powerful steps all of us can take every day to protect ourselves and others from illnesses like coronavirus and the flu:

  • STAY HOME and avoid unnecessary trips. 
  • Practice social distancing. This includes staying 6 feet apart from others when you must go out. Learn more.
  • If you must go out, cover your face. Here are tips. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Here's how to properly wash your hands. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.