Oldham County Health Department and the Oldham County Board of Health make the following recommendations for all of Oldham County in accordance with the Kentucky Department of Public Health:

  1. Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines (A person is considered up to date when they have received all recommended vaccines including any booster dose(s) when eligible.)
  2. Wear a mask in indoor public places if you are high risk for severe illness.

COVID-19 Information

Follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines:

The CDC recommends that adults 65 years and older receive an additional updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine dose.  This additional dose is recommended to restore protection that may have waned since a fall vaccine dose for older adults.  An additional dose is already recommended for people who are immunocompromised.

The CDC updated guidance for respiratory virus prevention and control.  This new guidance brings a unified and practical approach for addressing risks from common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and RSV.  

In support of this updated guidance, the Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends the following:

  • Stay up to date with vaccination to protect against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. This includes flu, COVID-19, and RSV if eligible.
  • Practice good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes, washing or sanitizing hands often, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.  
  • Take steps for cleaner air, such as bringing in more fresh outside air, purifying indoor air, or gathering outdoors. 
  • When sick with a respiratory virus,
    • Seek testing or treatment if you have risk factors for severe illness
    • Take precautions for 5 additional days, including taking steps for cleaner air, enhancing hygiene practices, wearing a well-fitting mask when around others, and keeping a distance from others. For COVID-19, consider taking an antigen test. A positive test means it is more likely you can still spread the virus.
    • Stay home and away from others until at least 24 hours after:
      • Symptoms are getting better overall

               AND

      • Fever has ended (without using fever-reducing medication)
    • Take precautions for 5 additional days, including taking steps for cleaner air, enhancing hygiene practices, wearing a well-fitting mask when around others, and keeping a distance from others. For COVID-19, consider taking an antigen test. A positive test means it is more likely you can still spread the virus.

In addition to these core strategies, people who desire further protection may consider additional prevention strategies, such as wearing a well-fitting mask, physical distancing, or testing.

These updated recommendations are intended for general audiences and community settings and do not apply to healthcare settings.  CDC’s COVID-19 guidance for healthcare settings and influenza guidance for healthcare settings are not changing.  Additionally, CDC and KDPH still support the current operational guidance for K-12 schools and early education programs, however updated guidance is anticipated prior to the 2024-2025 school year.  KDPH is updating guidance documents and has removed the 5+5 COVID-19 and 4&24 flu infographics from the website.