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Kentucky: Students Assist “Disease Detectives” as They Connect the Dots of COVID-19

Everyone at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is busy. In addition to all their regular patients in regular clinics, officials meet in the COVID-19 war room, with twice a day conference calls with the Centers for Disease Control. They have a COVID-19 hotline, where people call with all their COVID-19 questions.

The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has also jumped in. UK students Ms. Leah Harold and Mr. Brendan Mathews don’t have classes right now, so they’re driving over to Loudon Avenue to help out, putting together the database of current cases and their contacts.

“This is a perfect learning opportunity,” Ms. Harold said. They’re being overseen by Dr. Anna Kucharska-Newton and Dr. Kathleen Winter, both faculty in the Department of Epidemiology.

“I feel like I need to be involved,” Dr. Kucharska-Newton said. “There is nothing to compare this to.”

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