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If you need COVID-related quarantine orders or releases for work, the local health department is no longer the place to go

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will no longer be contacting individuals who receive positive COVID-19 tests. It's one of several changes underway as the department reassesses its role amid falling coronavirus cases.

The department has decided that universal case investigation and contact tracing are no longer “optimal” at the current phase of the pandemic. It will instead concentrate on high-risk and congregate settings, and those serving vulnerable populations.

In addition, the department won’t be issuing isolation and quarantine orders or releases for return to work or school. Those needing proof of a positive test to show an employer will have to obtain a copy of the result from the provider that ordered the test.

On the employer side, local health officials are recommending restricting anyone exhibiting coronavirus symptoms from working on site and encouraging those workers to isolate and wear a mask.

Questions regarding the policy can still be directed to the department’s call center at 859-899-2222.

Employers experience COVID outbreaks should email covidexposure@lfchd.org.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.