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Kentucky: Dr. Crystal Miller Manages COVID-19 Response in Cynthiana, Site of Kentucky’s First COVID-19 Diagnoses

Dr. Crystal Miller, who received her DrPH from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, is director of the Williams County Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) District Health Department in Kentucky. Her district includes the small town of Cynthiana, where Kentucky’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19 emerged. Of seven COVID-19 cases in the county, six remain active (as of March 23, Kentucky had 124 confirmed cases of COVID-19 overall). Miller credits the containment of the disease in Cynthiana and Harrison County to the early deployment of proactive social distancing measures.

“If we would not have put drastic measures in place, like closing schools and local businesses, I absolutely think we’d see more.” said Dr. Miller. “We’re ahead of the entire state because we were the first to experience this, so obviously I expected more cases.”

Dr. Miller and her team continue to monitor the situation in the WEDCO District, with daily staffing of phones and monitoring of active COVID-19 cases as well as persons under investigation for exposure.

Learn more and watch the video segment from WLEX-TV.

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