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Make sure you are up to date on COVID vaccination

Due to the increasing prevalence of highly transmissible COVID-19 omicron subvariants, please ensure you are up to date on COVID vaccination. It is recommended that people get every vaccination for which they are eligible.*

Source: Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines

If you get sick and test positive, do not wait. Call your primary care provider about prescribing Paxlovid. It must be started within five days of symptom onset.

*The current CMS mandate for health care workers requires only the initial vaccine series. 

Pediatric monoclonal antibody infusion clinic is open for referrals

Children, 12 to 17 years, who test positive for COVID are eligible to receive an infusion if they have a qualifying comorbidity increasing the risk of a negative outcome.

Beginning Wednesday, May 18, the pediatric specialty infusion clinic will treat ambulatory patients. The process for referring patients from a UK HealthCare provider remains the same but the preferred COVID-19 monoclonal antibody combination is bebtelovimab.  Supply is extremely limited and patients will be scheduled based on bebtelovimab availability.

Please note that this clinic is currently set up for COVID monoclonal antibody infusions only.

The Kentucky Children’s Hospital Specialty Infusion Clinic is located at the Kentucky Clinic, Floor 2, Wing D. Hours of operations are 3-9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit: Interim Guidance for the Outpatient Management of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) with Monoclonal Antibody Therapy in Pediatric Patients or

Pediatric COVID mAb Referral Form (UKHC Provider) (Bebtelovimab)

UK expert weighs in on what lies ahead for COVID-19

Ilhem Messaoudi, PhD, UK chair of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, recently sat down to answer questions about SARS-CoV-2 – including what we know about the latest Omicron variants and what we might expect in the future.  Read her interview on UKNow



COVID testing verification via telehealth now being offered

UK Retail Pharmacies are now offering return-to-work COVID testing verification via telehealth. This service will be open to any UK HealthCare employees or HMO members.

Because it is a telehealth appointment, we will not be providing the COVID rapid test kit; however, anyone can order free COVID rapid test kits at https://www.covid.gov/tests.

How it works:  Read more…

Updated pharmacotherapy guidance for adult and pediatric patients

The UK HealthCare Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee has approved the following updates and additions to interim guidance for adult and pediatric patients.

New guidelines

Updated guidelines

New and updated guidance is always available under the Clinical section of Guidelines and Documents linked from every page on this site.

Investigation of COVID vaccination during pregnancy published in JAMA

“In this population-based study conducted in Sweden and Norway, vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes.” – JAMA, March 24, 2022

Read the article 

Reminder: Operational tier guidance updated

As the impacts of COVID continue to evolve, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and other operational teams have adjusted our Smart Return to Pre-COVID Operations table.

  • We moved to Tier 2 on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 a.m.
  • Tier criteria are based on CDC case county or positivity rate in Fayette County, as well as the number of COVID-positive patients in Chandler Hospital.
  • At Tier 1, we can relax our requirement that all wear medical-grade masks, but given what we have learned about the benefits of masks in times of respiratory illness, IPAC may require universal masking or masking in close shared areas during those seasons regardless of COVID tier.
  • For ongoing infection control purposes, we will continue to avoid shared food.

Questions about the updated tier guidance can be directed to Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) or your leader.

WATCH: Thursday’s System Operations Update

A recording of Thursday’s update on our current Tier 2 operational status is now available on The Loop.

Visitation updates under Tier 2

During the current Tier 2 operational status, and during Tier 1 if we move to that, there will be normal visitation for non-COVID patients per our policy A01-080.

COVID-positive patients may now have one visitor. Read more…

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