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UPDATE: FRANKFORT, Ky. (1/15/20) — Kentucky Department for Public Health reported the agency was notified today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all test results of a potential infectious disease at Barbourville Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospital are negative.

“My administration took immediate action working with officials to quickly respond and we are pleased to announce that Kentuckians were never at risk,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We thank everyone who helped address the concern.”

DPH Commissioner Dr. Angela Dearinger said tests revealed there was no high-level threat to hospital staff or the community.

“This was nothing out of the ordinary for any U.S. hospital,” she said. “After receiving the test results, as well other details about this incident, we can confirm there was never a risk of highly infectious disease.”

Dearinger said state health experts followed proper infectious disease protocols with hospital, local and federal officials.

Additional information is available at http://chfs.ky.gov/.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (1/14/20) — The Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Barbourville Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospital are working closely with the local health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a potential case of an infectious disease, according to a Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services press release. Close contacts of the individual have been identified and are being monitored.

“We want to assure Kentuckians we are aware of a potential infectious disease and are working collaboratively with the local hospital as well as local, regional, and federal public health authorities to determine not only a possible cause of illness, but any steps that need to be taken to protect the health and wellbeing of our Commonwealth,” DPH Commissioner Dr. Angela Dearinger said in a statement. “We do not believe the wider community to be at-risk and appropriate protocols were followed at the hospital to prevent exposure to other patients.”

Any threat to the general public is being assessed, but is believed to be extremely low. Additional information will be shared as details are confirmed, health officials reported. At this time, a diagnosis has not been made as health officials work to complete necessary medical and laboratory testing outlined by infectious disease protocols. Barbourville ARH remains open, including the emergency department.

Anyone experiencing signs or symptoms of a viral illness, including fever, nausea, body aches, or lethargy, is encouraged to seek health care immediately.
DPH is following up to inform any hospital worker or close contact of the patient about symptoms to look for in case this illness turns out to be a risk to others.

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