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Daily screening still required in accordance with OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still requiring daily COVID screening of employees in patient care facilities. Read more…

COVID vaccines offered to all hospital inpatients, ED patients, starting July 21

In order to increase patient access to COVID-19 vaccines, UK HealthCare will begin offering vaccines to inpatients at all UK HealthCare hospitals, as well as patients in our emergency departments, on Wednesday, July 21.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at Chandler, Kentucky Children’s and Good Samaritan hospitals via FDA emergency use authorization.

For more details, see Inpatient Vaccinations on our COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.

COVID-19 vaccinations via UK Pharmacy Services open to anyone over 12

COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be offered at three convenient locations operated by UK HealthCare Pharmacy Services for anyone age 12 and older. Read more…

Smart Return to pre-COVID operations: We are now at Tier 2! ESH not included at this time

We are excited to announce that in accordance with the state COVID infection rate, our lower number of COVID-positive inpatients and the rate of immunized providers and staff, we can officially move to Tier 2 of our plan to return to pre-COVID operations*, effective today, June 23. Read more…

Facilities where stricter infection prevention and control protocols remain in effect

Following changes introduced on campus earlier this week that relaxed requirements for masks, screening and social distancing in non-UK HealthCare facilities, we have received some questions asking us to clarify which are UK HealthCare facilities. Read more…

UK opens pediatric research program for children’s COVID-19 vaccine

In a media event today, it was announced UK has been selected as a site for KidCOVE, a national research study to ensure a safe and effective vaccine that protects children ages 6 months through 11 years from getting sick with COVID-19.

Using the Moderna vaccine currently authorized for adults, this pediatric research study will define an age-appropriate dose for children, test the vaccine’s effectiveness, and monitor any potential side effects, collecting information to ensure safe use. Read more…

Update on international travel guidelines

UK shared the following new guidelines around international travel today:

  • Effective immediately, fully vaccinated employees may conduct UK-endorsed international travel to any country that the CDC has designated a risk level 3 or lower for COVID-19 without completing an additional review process.
  • All UK-endorsed travel to these countries must be registered in the university’s international travel registry.
  • Fully vaccinated employees who wish to travel to a country designated as a risk level 4 by the CDC must complete an additional review/approval process through the university’s Director of International Health, Safety and Security, Jason Hope (jasonhope@uky.edu).
  • Employees who are not fully vaccinated must also complete an additional review/approval process through the university’s Director of International Health, Safety and Security before traveling to any international destination, regardless of risk level.
  • All international airline tickets for UK-endorsed travel must be purchased through UK Travel Services.
  • International travel requests by students, including graduate students, and Education Abroad programs, will continue to be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis in alignment with UK Administrative Regulation 4:9.

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Daily screening, masks and social distancing still in effect across health system

As announced recently, UK HealthCare is following a phased approach to reopening based on community prevalence and number of active inpatients. All providers, staff, patients and visitors are still required to perform daily screening, wear a mask except when eating, maintain social distancing and be diligent about hand hygiene. Read more…

Smart Return to pre-COVID operations

As areas across the country begin returning to more normal, pre-COVID standards, UK HealthCare will continue adhering to stricter guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our people and our patients who may be at higher risk.

To guide our return to pre-COVID operations, we are introducing our Smart Return to Pre-COVID Operations table, which specifies four tiers of COVID risk level determined by state infection rates reported by the Kentucky Department of Public Health, as well as our number of active COVID-positive inpatients and the percentage of immunized employees. Read more…

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