Woodford Co. hopes online form will reduce the spread of COVID

VERSAILLES, Ky. (LEX 18) – The post-Christmas surge in the COVID-19 positivity rate is doing exactly what we were told it would do, at least in Woodford County.

“This is the most cases we have had in a ten day period since the start of the pandemic,” said Cassie Prather, county public health director.

Prather said the 250 cases they are now experiencing are just that; just the cases they know now.

“There are a lot more cases that we don’t know about,” Prather speculated, but with history on his side.

Prather said the only way to end this thing is for everyone to get vaccinated and boosted. Even with the breakthrough of the Omicron variant in many cases, the vaccine still offers the kind of protection that will keep you from being hospitalized or worse.

If the number of COVID continues to rise, Prather has concerns for county health workers. His department is trying something new in the form of a questionnaire regarding early quarantine or release from isolation.

“Basically it’s a flowchart,” she said of the questionnaire. “Once you enter your information, you will get a result. Do you need to continue quarantine or isolation, or are you in the clear, ”she explained.

The county did so because of the backlog of tests it is dealing with in addition to the increase in positive cases. So if anyone needs or wants a quick response, the online form will be helpful.

Prather said that Omicron is highly transmissible, as we have learned, and because it shows minor symptoms in those who have been vaccinated, many of those who contract this variant do not feel the need to stay home. .

“I think it’s six in one, half a dozen on the other,” Prather said when asked if the easy transmission or the lack of symptoms helped cause the increase in cases.

* If you would like to access the Woodford County Early Release Segregation / Quarantine Questionnaire, click here.