Are you having trouble getting local telephone calls to go through? It could be that you are not dialing the 859 area code.
As of last Sunday, those of us in the 859 area code — which includes Winchester as well as most of central and northern Kentucky — must dial all ten digits, even for local numbers. This means you may need to update stored numbers in your phone.
This change was made in preparation for a new emergency three-digit number. Similar to 911, the new number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will soon be 988 for anyone in the USA. There are local exchanges in the 859 area code that begin with 988, so to prevent conflicts with the new emergency number, callers to the 859 area code must dial 1–859 before calling, even if it’s only across town.
The new suicide lifeline won’t go into effect until next July 2022. Until then, continue to call the existing National Suicide Prevention number, which is 1−800−273−8255.