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COVID-19 questions and answers

Amy Tomlinson, Executive Director, Lake Cumberland District Health Department

The District Health Department takes questions about the Coronavirus and answers them for the press and community each week. They request patience with the statistics as they go through information management challenges due to the rise in numbers of cases. A few questions are answered below:

1) Is there a specific antibody level at which someone is considered to have adequate immunity and do lab tests differentiate between antibodies developed from having the virus and those from the vaccine?

A. Dr. Weyman, Medical Director: Yes, there are antibody tests which differentiate between post infection response from post vaccination. We do not know the minimal level of antibodies which is protective against infection but studies have shown that the higher the level the better the protection.

2) My son's teacher evidently had COVID last week and when he returned to school this week, he shared that he had it with the students. Do you know the protocol for school notification of positive cases in the classroom?

A. Laura Woodrum, Director of Nursing: The school districts are doing their own contract tracing. If the children were considered a contact, which would have meant they were masked within 3 feet or less of a positive COVID case then they would have been contacted. If you have specific question about contract tracing you should contact the school district.

3) Is coughing up blood when you have COVID something common?

A. Dr. Weyman, Medical Director: No, it is not a common symptom. It is possible, however, for severely ill patients who are hospitalized with consequent pneumonia to cough up blood-stained sputum.

If you have questions for our next media zoom meeting, feel free to contact the health educator at our local health department or reach out to Tracy Aaron at or 606-678-4761x6256. LCDHD County Health Centers Call (800) 928-4416

DISTRICT COUNTIES ARE: Adair * Casey * Clinton * Cumberland * Green * McCreary * Pulaski * Russell * Taylor * Wayne

Citizens are encouraged to get the vaccine as our averages are low - Taylor has the best percentage in our district:

State – 61.00%
Taylor – 53.53%
Pulaski – 50.13%
Russell – 47.08%
Green – 42.15%
McCreary – 41.86%
Wayne – 41.78%
Cumberland – 41.58%
Clinton – 39.80%
Adair – 38.60%
Casey – 36.08%

This story was posted on 2021-10-12 09:22:53
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